Samsung has confirmed that it will offer a solar-powered netbook in the US as well as Africa and Russia. The Samsung NC215S will be avialable in the US the week of July 3rd with a suggested retail price of $399.
The US model features a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel matte display, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 dual core processor. The key feature that sets this netbook apart from the crowd though are the solar cells built into the lid.
Samsung says you should be able to get an hour of battery life for every two hours of charging time. Under ideal conditions Samsung says you should also be able to squeeze about 14 hours of battery life out of the netbook, but my guess is that day to day performance will be a little lower than that.
Update: The release date has been pushed back by about a month and a half.