Samsung has developed a new computer that is solar-powered! It is the Samsung NC215S netbook and it will be the first computer of its kind. The power will come from a solar panel embedded in the lid (see images above and below and click to make larger).
Samsung’s Russian branch officially announced it. It will only be available in Russia in August but is expected to be available in the US before that, July 3.
The computer needs 2 hours of sunlight exposure to get 1 hour of working battery life and the battery fully charged will reportedly last about 14 or so hours. The 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display is appropriately designed for use in direct sunlight (of course, an important feature for a computer that lives on sunlight). Gizmag reports:
The key feature of Samsung NC215S is the solar panel located on the lid, which charges a six-cell battery equipped with PowerPlus technology to provide extended running times. Considering that NC215S is supposed to work in bright sunlight, the display offers a brightness of 300 cd/m2 and an anti-reflective coating that Samsung claims provides colorful and clear images in any situation – even in direct light.
Initial prices, according to Liliputing.com, are $399 in the US and 13 999 Rubles ($500) in Russia. In the US, the computer details are as follows:
- 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel matte display
- 1GB of RAM
- 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 dual core processor
Pretty sweet looking netbook. Makes me wonder how long it until solar-powered computers are the norm, or at least widely available. Would certainly cut your electricity bill down pretty considerably (certainly mine, given how much time I spend on this high-tech typewriter).
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