Intel and Safaricom Unveil Yolo Smartphone


Intel teamed up with African handset maker Safaricom to launch Yolo, a 3.5-inch Android 4.1-driven handset powered by the chipmaker's recently launched Atom Z2420 "Legington" x86 SoC clocked at 1.20 GHz. The Z2420 is a single-core x86 CPU bolstered by HyperThreading, with a sub 2W TDP. Unlike the Xolo X900, which is touted as a performance-segment phone, the Yolo is a more mainstream offering. Its 3.5-inch screen is said to feature WVGA (800 x 480) resolution, backed by 1080p video hardware acceleration. Its SoC is wired to a rather slim baseband chip that supports HSPA+. Backed by a 500 MB data-plan, the Yolo is priced at 10,999 KES (around $125).

"We're redefining what cost-conscious Kenyans can expect from a smartphone," said Peter Arina, general manager, Safaricom' s Consumer Business Unit. "The Intel-based Yolo smartphone strikes a unique balance between price and performance - we consider it to be a real breakthrough. It's great news that Kenya will be the launch country in Africa for smartphones with Intel Inside and we expect a great reception from our customers."