Samsung introduces first solar-powered laptop

The Russian branch of Samsung has developed the first, commercially available solar-powered laptop, that could offer battery life of up to 14.5 hours. It is said to be initially only available in Russia.

The NC215S netbook incorporates a solar panel into the lid which charges a six-cell battery equipped with PowerPlus technology to provide extended running times. The computer needs 2 hours of sunlight exposure to provide 1 hour of working battery life. The laptop also has an LED backlit display that Samsung says is 50 percent brighter than that of an average notebook, which helps consumers when using the product outdoors. If the battery is fully charged it will reportedly last for a maximum of 14.5 hours. The 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display is appropriately designed for use in direct sunlight. It has 1GB of memory, and will be powered by a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 dual core processor.

Samsung has previously established interest in solar power. The company launched a mobile phone using the technology in 2009 at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. Although the ‘Blue Earth’ device did not mark a breakthrough for the technology, it has increasingly also been used by other manufacturers – Fujitsu has also been examining the technology as part of a recent computing design competition.

Maximum performance with minimum emissions of CO2 is the main idea embodied in the NC215S. The Russian release is set for early August, 2011, while other internet sources report that Samsung will also introduce the netbook in the US on July 3, 2011. The estimated retail price has been set for 13,999 Rubels, which is approximately $500 US dollars.

Via: Telegraph.co.uk and Cleantechnica.com

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