Africa’s first smartphone designed indigenously by the Kenyan company Safaricom in collaboration with Intel, the Yolo, has been revealed. This will be the first Intel powered smartphone in the continent and is based on the Intel Smartphone Reference Design.
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This is a budget phone aimed exclusively at the African audience. The Yolo comes with a 3.5 inches touch screen and is built with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It is powered by the Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz processor with Hyper-Threading technology and offers 500MB of data. Details of the phones RAM and internal memory were not revealed. However, the handset has expandable memory option via Micro SD card and supports HSPA+ network connectivity. The Yolo comes enabled with a 5MP rear camera on which users can record 1080p videos.
Built with an FM radio and Intel’s XMM 6265 modem ,the Yolo has global roaming functionality. The phone’s complete features were not revealed. However, the Yolo is a handset with basic smartphone features aimed at the budget conscious. The phone will be launched in the Kenyan market, though the exact dates have not been revealed yet.
This will be a big step for an African nation as the phone will be manufactured by a Kenyan company. Also, with this product Intel will be making its foray into the African smartphone markets. It will be marketed across all African nations eventually. The phone will be a good starter for first time smartphone users and the market response is expected to be positive.
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