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Intel Introduces “Yolo,” a Low-Cost Smartphone

By January 28, 2013March 6th, 2023Technology News

Safaricom, a small independent company that targets mostly foreign smartphone markets, has released a smartphone based on Intel technology that is fairly affordable even without any subsidized pricing.

This is part of Intel’s attempt to bring low-cost smartphones to a more global market. The Yolo is aimed at cost-conscious, first time buyers, said Intel, who designed most of the phone and the internal parts, including the chipset and screen.

The Yolo has a 3.5” screen and runs on the Intel Atom Z2420 processor. The processor can run up to 1.2 GHz in speed, but it usually clocks in at around 1 GHz in speed tests. Intel also installed their XMM 6265 modem that supports global roaming.

The entry price of the phone is around $125, but currently the Yolo is only available in Kenya. The smartphone also comes bundled with half a gig of free data use to encourage people to start using a smartphone.

The Yolo isn’t the first frugal smartphone of the day – the Xolo (also by Intel) was announced a few months prior to the Yolo. The Xolo is an India-based phone that is being sold for just about the same price.

Though there haven’t been any for-sure announcements, it’s likely that new phones with reasonable unsubsidized price tags will be coming to the US within the next few years.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.