Tired of lugging around a charger for your laptop? Canadian company WeWi telecommunications is promising to deliver a laptop with its own built-in power source: a series of solar panels that fold you can unfold to recharge the battery or directly power the computer.
The SOL Laptop is a rugged laptop designed for use in developing nations, and the company behind it is making some bold promises for price and performance.
According to WeWi the SOL Laptop will get 8 to 10 hours of battery life, and under ideal conditions you’ll be able to recharge the battery in about 2 hours using nothing but solar panels. It’s expected to launch in Ghana for around $300, but US pricing is pegged at closer to $350.
The laptop is said to have a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, up to 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom D2500 dual-core processor with GMA 3600 graphics. It runs Ubuntu Linux.
That’s an interesting processor choice. On the one hand, Intel’s Atom chips are low-power processors that could help support the long battery life claims. On the other hand, this is one of Intel’s most power-hungry Atom chips, with a TDP of 10W. A newer Clover Trail chip might have been a better choice — but going with an older chip probably helps keep the price down.
WeWi says the notebook has stereo speakers, 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, an SD card reader, 10/100 Ethernet, GPS, dual-channel 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 3G/4G modem.
While the basic specs sound about right for a $300 laptop, it’s hard to imagine a model with up to 10 hours of battery life and built-in 4G LTE shipping for that price — and that’s even before you add the solar panels.
It’ll be interesting to see if the SOL Laptop ever actually sees the light of day. Yes, pun intended.
via OMG Ubuntu