Intel Yolo coming to Kenya as the chip maker’s first smartphone for Africa

Intel Yolo

We did hear rumors that Intel will bring Lexington Atom-based smartphones to Africa. We just didn’t know that will happen so fast… The Yolo smartphone is announced for Kenya and it’s officially the first such device using Intel chips for the continent.

Based on Intel’s reference design from CES, it’s an entry-level device that comes with a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 400MHz GPU, 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 4GB of internal storage, microSD expansion slot, while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show. Size wise, the Yolo measures 110.5x61x12.6mm and has a weight of 132 grams. As for the price, Safaricom will sell this baby for 10,999 Kenyan shillings, or some $125.

No word whether Intel will bring Yolo to other markets, but we’re sure they’re eyeing the whole of Africa as well as parts of Asia and Latin America. Emerging markets may care about a device as “powerful” as Yolo while the West will most likely ignore it, opting for something better instead.

Intel Yolo

[Via: TechCrunch, images from TechWeez]

  • Anonymous

    Device like Yolo can only fly in emerging markets…

  • Rama

    I’m Kenyan and I don’t think it will attract the target market..Huawei already capitalized on the niche field..u either have a good smartphone here ie iPhone,Samsung or Sony XPERIA for the upper class..then Alcatel n Huawei for basic android devices for middle class..But generally Kenya is has a high purchase rate of mobile devices

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