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Android phone gets solar-charged

Posted: 23 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar-powered Android cell phone  photovoltaic cells 

China-based Umeox unveiled a solar-powered Android cell phone called Apollo at the Mobile World Congress. The back of the solar-powered Android cell phone is fully wrapped in sleek photovoltaic cells. Charging up for daily usage should only require about 2.5 hours of sunlight, says Umeox.


Launched during the event were two models: MTK6573 designed for the U.S. market and supporting the 850/1900Mhz bands; and MTK6516 developed for Europe and most parts of Asia.

The new cell phone features a 3.2-inch 320x480 display, 1GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3-megapixel rear camera and a 3.5mm audio jack. The company estimates that charging up for daily usage should only require about 2.5 hours of sunlight, while bringing it back to 100 per cent after it has been completely emptied would require 17 hours.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times

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