Intel introduces affordable Yolo Android smartphone for Africa, Xolo X500 for India
Following the unveiling of its budget-oriented Atom Z2420 ‘Lexington’ mobile chipset, Intel has announced two affordable Android-powered smartphones having it at their core. In fact, the Yolo for Africa and the Xolo X500 for India are the same device, based on Intel’s reference design for the Z2420.
It’s not the first time Intel turns to little known phone makers or carriers to push its mobile chipsets. This is exactly the same strategy that the company sometimes referred to as Chipzilla has used for its midrange Atom Z2460 from yesteryear.
The Yolo is sold by Safaricom in Kenya, and it’s the first device to be sold in Africa with that ‘Intel inside’ logo (which might not mean that much for people whose first computer turns out to be their first smartphone, but we digress).
The Yolo costs 10,999 Kenyan shillings, which is $126 or €94 going by today’s rates. That is pretty affordable, you have to admit. It even comes with 500 MB of data traffic for free.
The Xolo X500 follows in the footsteps of the Xolo X900 which was announced in April last year with the Z2460 on board. It’s going to be out in India this weekend for 8,999 rupees, which is $168 or €125 – so quite a bit more expensive than its African twin.
Both phones have a 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen, 1.2 GHz single-core CPU, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording support, 4 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, an FM radio, all the usual connectivity options (including 21 Mbps HSPA), and a 1,500 mAh battery. They both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich unfortunately, though at those prices this is easier to forgive.