Intel Atom processor used in Safaricom Yolo in Kenya
Intel's Atom processor is being used in an Android smartphone in Africa for the first time, courtesy of <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278013==http://www.safaricom.co.ke" rel='nofollow'>Safaricom</a>. The Yolo, based on Intel's <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278014==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/08/mobile.low.power.processors.focus.of.intel.event/" rel='nofollow'>smartphone reference design</a> 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. <br />
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 <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278015==http://www.techweez.com/2013/01/24/intel-zeeya-beach-yolo-review/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">to</a> <em>Techweez</em>. 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.
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