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TMCNet:  Safaricom launches new smartphone in Africa with Intel Inside

[January 29, 2013]

Safaricom launches new smartphone in Africa with Intel Inside

Jan 29, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Safaricom Limited, an integrated communications provider, has announced the introduction of Yolo smartphone, in Africa with Intel Inside.

According to the company, the phone is based on Intel's latest smartphone platform for emerging markets.

"We're redefining what cost-conscious Kenyans can expect from a smartphone," said Peter Arina, general manager, Safaricom' s Consumer Business Unit. "The Intel-based Yolo smartphone strikes a unique balance between price and performance we consider it to be a real breakthrough. It's great news that Kenya will be the launch country in Africa for smartphones with Intel Inside and we expect a great reception from our customers." The Yolo smartphone is based on the Intel Smartphone Reference Design for the value segment of the smartphone market. The device is powered by the Intel Atom processor Z2420 with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology that can achieve speeds of up to 1.2 GHz, the company added.

The device features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, support for FM radio and an expandable memory slot for greater flexibility, and HSPA+ modem support with Intel's XMM 6265 modem for global roaming. The handset can also be enabled with McAfee mobile security software, providing consumers with added protection as well as data backup and restore capabilities when needed.

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