Chip maker Intel and mobile operator Safaricom have announced the Yolo, the first smartphone for the African market with an Intel processor. Intel claims the Android device is aimed for “cost-conscious and first-time buyers in Kenya,” but its specifications aren’t as shabby as that characterization might imply. It’s powered by the Intel Atom Z2420 processor which can reach speeds of up to 1.2GHz. It also comes with a 3.5-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with full HD video capture support, FM radio and HSPA+ support. “We are delighted to partner with Safaricom in bringing the first smartphone with Intel Inside to Kenyan consumers. The new handset extends the benefits of Intel technology to more smartphone users around the world and we believe that Kenyan consumers will welcome the increased functionality and overall value of the device.”
Yolo: Africa Gets First Smartphone
Author: Shelly Palmer
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