Samsung are launching a new solar powered laptop which could well offer battery life of 14.5 hours, however the initial availability will be restricted to Russia.
The South Korean firm have incorporated solar panels into the laptop’s lid design and the manufacturer hopes that the solar panel grid will help to power the battery.
Called the NC215S, the laptop will run off Windows 7 software and Samsung claim that the solar panels will enable the laptop’s battery life to run for approximately 14.5 hours.
Although unveiled to the world at the Africa Regional Forum in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, the laptop will be available to buy exclusively in Russia from August.
The choice of Russia appears an interesting decision as Samsung expect the African market to favour the solar panelled laptop, partly due to certain parts of the continent not having alternate electrical power sources.
Whilst Russia does have some of the longest days of the year in the summertime, conversely certain parts of the country have limited daylight or none at all in the midwinter.
If Samsung find success in the African market, the firm hope that they will be able to generate more than $10 billion in sales by the middle of the decade. One sticking price may be the laptop’s price, which has not been announced yet.
Samsung’s laptop will offer the user an Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor 1GB of RAM and a drive of either 250GB or 320GB.
The electronics manufacturer is hoping that the device has more commercial success than the solar powered mobile phone they launched in Barcelona two years ago. Whilst the technology was not commercially successful, other companies used the blueprint of the solar powered technology on various projects.