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LG and Samsung Announce Solar-Charging Phones

blueearthLG and Samsung are both launching cell phones with built-in solar panels for recharging the battery, PC World reports.

Samsung’s “Blue Earth” is meant to look like a “well-rounded pebble,” says the company. The phone is composed of recycled plastic, without harmful substances like brominated flame retardants (BFRs), Beryllium and phthalates.

Both models feature solar cells on the back of the phone. The panels are used to recharge the phone batteries, which also come with chargers. While these introductory models are prototypes, LG says it plans on marketing a future model that will get 3 minutes of talk time after a 10 minute solar charge.

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3 thoughts on “LG and Samsung Announce Solar-Charging Phones

  1. The move to using solar power for charging PDAs and mobile phones is one that has been gainging a lot of market traction of late. There are numerous reasonably priced solar-powered charging accessories from backpacks, covers, to detached solar pads. Taking the extra step to integrate solar power at the device level looks to be a good move.

    One does have to wonder about security. Will people just leave their phones out in the open exposed to sunlight and/or high-intensity indoor lighting?

    Personally I’d rather keep my phone or pda in my pocket or bag where I know it is a little more secure. But I wouldn’t be adverse to purchasing a device with a built-in solar charger at the right price point.

  2. These phones will revolutionize developing countries…., here at home think about how many people sit in outdoor cafes with their cell phones on the table….. this is only the tip of the iceberg. The panels work in ambient light so place it on your dashboard or window sill and forget all of the wires.

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