During the recently concluded CES, Intel had come forth with some announcements on their new chipsets, more specifically on their Atom’s next-gen packing. It was during that time that a whisper regarding the company’s first smartphone began to circulate.
Today, those rumors have taken shape as Safaricom has announced that a smartphone based on Intel’s design would reach market shelves soon. The device would enter the global low-cost phone market, aiming at consumers who go for low-end phones.
Intel, who is responsible for both the design of the phone as well as its core electronics, during the CES 2013, talked about their Yolo smartphone, and said that they would be targeting markets in Africa, China, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Inside the Yolo, Intel would be placing their new “Lexington” Atom Z2420 w/XMM 6265 chip, which are meant for the above said markets.
The chipmaker said that the device would be entering Kenya first, looking out for “cost-conscious…first-time buyers” in the country. The 3.5-inch Yolo’s Intel processor would clock speeds of 1.2GHz, and it would carry HSPA+ support for global roaming.
Safaricom shops in Kenya will be selling the device at an entry price of Kshs. 10,999, which is somewhere around $125. Customers would get 500MB of free data with Yolo too.