Kenya’s Safaricom to distribute new Intel smartphone

Established Kenyan telecommunications operator Safaricom has announced that it had inked a new distribution deal with Intel to sell its smartphone, the Yolo. The announcement will give more options to its customers in the East African country.


Kenya's Safaricom has entered into a deal with Intel to launch a smartphone called the Yolo. (Image: Google/

It should also entice users to join the network, which has made massive strides at maintaining its position atop the telecom sector in the country despite increased competition.

Intel said that it has partnered “exclusively with Safaricom” and is to introduce a wide range of handsets dubbed Yolo in Kenya, which it said is “the first smartphone with ‘Intel inside’ in Africa.”

Both firms confirmed the deal, but did not deliver more details, saying they would do so after the official launch.

“The Yolo smartphone follows Intel’s pioneer Xolo X900 and later a dual-SIM model A700, which is available in India, the UK and Russia,” a local report in Business Daily said.

According to Intel, the “Yolo model will run Android and sport an Intel processor, 4.5-inch touchscreen display, front camera for video calling and a 5-megapixel back camera.”

Mohammed Awad