Intel's Atom processor is being used in an Android smartphone in Africa for the first time, courtesy of Safaricom
. The Yolo, based on Intel's smartphone reference design
shown at CES this year, appears to be a mid-range offering that has been designed for the "cost-conscious and first-time buyers" in the Kenyan emerging market.
Powered by the "Lexington" Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, the Yolo has a 480x320, 3.5-inch touchscreen and a 400Mhz GPU, according to Techweez
. Internal storage is set at 4GB, expandable by up to 32GB via microSD, and has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a seven-shot burst mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, FM Radio, and a 1500mAh battery. WiDi connectivity is possible, while buyers will also get a one-year subscription to McAfee Mobile Security at no extra charge.
The Yolo is on sale in Kenya for Kshs 10,999 ($125) as part of a bundle with 500MB of data. The smartphone may reach other markets in Africa, as Intel is still working with other producers to create Lexington-based handsets, though not necessarily in this exact form.