Finally, it is here – A Solar powered Mobile phone – It is surprising that Mobile sector has seen a lot of innovation, but not much has happened when it came to powering / charging mobile through this abundantly available source of Energy.
Samsung has now announced launch of its first solar chargeable phone – Samsung E1107, which allows charging of Mobile battery through Solar power. The newly launched phone can give you between 5 to 10 minutes of talk time on 1 hr of solar charge. Samsung claims that the battery can attain full power with about 40 hours of solar charging.
This can be a boon especially in rural areas where there is no access to electricity or even when you are outdoors and your battery is drained. You will have to just keep you phone in Sun-light, and you are ready to go !
Offcourse, there are challenges, like time-taken to charge due to limited sized solar panel or the phone heat when kept in sun-light for charging etc. etc. But its utility far exceeds these challenges.
Samsung E1107 Features:
This is a pretty basic phone, having usual features along with FM Radio, Torch light and enhanced security.
I think the best part about this phone is its pricing – It is expected to price around INR 2800 and will be very appealing to rural Indian Mobile users.
What is your take on this Solar powered phone ? Do you expect to see market flood with similar solar mobiles phones from other manufacturers as well ?