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Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

by , 08/10/13

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WeWi Telecommunications Inc. just unveiled a new solar-powered laptop that can run for 10 hours straight on a single charge! The Sol laptop features built-in foldable solar panels, so it can be used in off-grid areas and countries where access to electricity is limited. The makers claim the device can run directly off solar energy and can harness enough power to fully charge its battery in less than two hours.

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The Sol laptop has a 1.86GHz dual-core Intel Atom D2500 processor with 2GB of RAM which can be upgraded to 4GB, a 320GB SATA HDD from Seagate, GMA3600 graphics, a 13.3-inch LCD screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, and a 3-megapixel camera. It also features a USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an audio jack and SD card ports.

Although Sol is not the first solar-powered laptop in the world, it is the first one to claim 10 hours of battery life. Also, while other models have smaller panels, Sol has solar panels that completely cover its lid. It will cost only $350, while the waterproof edition will be available for $400. The device will be launched in Ghana, Africa, before it reaches Europe and the U.S.

+ WeWi Telecommunications Inc.

Via Discovery News

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2 Comments

  1. greg ory allen loftus August 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    sounds goood and is priced well

  2. GreatEmerald GreatEmerald August 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Never mind it’s solar-powered, it’s running Linux! :D Ubuntu, but still Linux.

    Which is surprising, to be honest, given its hardware specifications: the GMA 3600 is by PowerVR, which is a very open-source-unfriendly company, and therefore this particular graphics device is just barely supported on Linux. It can display things on screen, and put the screen to sleep, but it has no acceleration to speak of. On newer Ubuntu releases, all the eye-candy goes through LLVMpipe, which is a software renderer, and its performance is horrible. I guess that it ships with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which still had a fallback that didn’t require OpenGL. Either way, it would be imperative to upgrade it to at least Xubuntu to get the best performance out of it.

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