updated 07:03 am EST, Fri January 25, 2013
Lexington processor makes first African appearance
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.