Finally, Safaricom and Intel have unveiled the first ever Intel-powered smartphone in Africa – the Yolo. Both Safaricom, known communications provider in Kenya; and Intel, one of the world’s largest supplier of desktop and mobile processors; have expanded the coverage for mobile phone technology to reach the continent, spreading the influence for tech-savvy African people.
The Yolo Intel smartphone, or Yolo, is a win-win mobile device for Africans who wanted to buy a smartphone in an affordable price. The specs of the smartphone include the following: (1) has 500MB of data, (2) provisions HSPA+ data connectivity, (3) powered by Intel Atom Z2420 processor with speed of 1.2 GHz, (4) runs in Android 4.0 operating system, (5) has 3.5-inch core display with a 5-megapixel camera, and (6) can produce and record 1080p HD video files.
With the Yolo smartphone having an Intel processor inside, the two companies guarantee that the mobile device has fast Internet browsing capability, access to plethora of multimedia contents and thousands of Android applications. The Yolo has been showcased in a tech event in Nairobi, Kenya, and was told that it will hit Safaricom stores soon. With its introductory price of Kshs 10,999, or $126, Yolo is considered a budget phone for practical consumers in Africa.