Intel, Safaricom launch first smartphone for Africa [Cihan News Agency (Turkey)]
(Cihan News Agency (Turkey) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NAIROBI (CIHAN)- Popular chipset manufacturer Intel and Kenya's widest 3G network Safaricom have announced the launch of the first smartphone for Africa.
The smartphone called Yolo will be launched at Safaricom outlets across Kenya and is reported to target the cost conscious and first time buyers of smartphones.
The device will be based on Intel's new low power Atom processor-based platform that the company announced earlier this year at the International CES 2013.
Intel notes its new platform will enable smartphones to perform faster web browsing, have impressive multimedia capabilities and work on Android applications.
Peter Arina, general manager, Safaricom's Consumer Business Unit said they were happy Kenya was to be the launch country for the Yolo.
"The Intel-based Yolo smartphone strikes a unique balance between price and performance – we consider it to be a real breakthrough," said Arina.
The Yolo will be priced at around $125 (10,999 Kshs) and an addition 500MB of data will be bundled along with the phone.
The phone will own a 3.5inch display, an Intel Atom Processor Z2420 which can achieve speeds of 1.2GHz according to Intel, a 5MP camera with the ability to take seven pictures in a second and 1080p HD video recording.
"The new handset extends the benefits of Intel technology to more smartphone users around the world and we believe that Kenyan consumers will welcome the increased functionality and overall value of the device," said Aysegul Ildeniz, Regional Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa Region.
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