Probably the solar-powered phones are not yet very popular in Europe, but the environmental awareness is becoming more present and the demand for these terminals will start to be particularly important in emerging markets, where savings on energy recharge the phone can really be of fundamental importance.
That’s why Umeox, unknown to the company, has introduced the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a smartphone with Android operating system and the possibility of charging solar energy: we talk of Umeox Apollo.
On the back seat of Apollo is a solar panel that uses the technology of Intivation, the Dutch company. Because of this, leaving the Apollo in the sunlight for an hour it is enough to reload the grant us 16 minutes of talk time. Not only sunlight but also the natural daylight and the lights from room charge the phone. The smartphone will be launched with Android OS 2.3 in a couple of months, particularly in India and South America.
The price will be approximately € 150, but it will also offer telephone service to 100 €, all for a 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen, 3G connectivity, a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo Bluetooth, 3MP camera, 1GB memory expandable with microSD.