The Yolo, a device with a 3.5-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and HSPA+ modem support, has been announced as Africa's first Intel-powered smartphone.
The handset is being offered by Safaricom, an Intel partner and major mobile network operator in Kenya (Vodafone also has a 40 percent stake in it). The aforementioned camera is said to have “advanced imaging capabilities” including a burst mode that can produce seven pictures per second, as well as a video mode that can shoot footage in that all-important 1080p resolution.
The smartphone is aimed at first-time buyers in Kenya and will be priced at Kshs. 10,999 ($128), bundled with 500MB of free data. It will be available nationwide in Safaricom stores, although a wider release across other African countries is expected later. Peter Arina, general manager of Safaricom’s Consumer Business Unit, believes they are “redefining” what Kenyans can expect from a smartphone. “The Intel-based Yolo smartphone strikes a unique balance between price and performance – we consider it to be a real breakthrough.”