Remember Philips Xenium phones, that can last almost forever without charging? Now Chinese manufacturer HTW Electronics has something better in mind:
No, it’s not another MOTOKRZR rip-off. This is “eco-friendly” HTW S116 Solar Mobile Phone, that has all 47.6x84x0.8 mm surface covered with solar cells to charge it’s Li-Ion battery
The phone can provide you with 20-25 minutes of talk time after 40 minutes of charging in direct sunlight and is operational in an emergencies from the 5 candle lights.
For now the durability of the S116 Solar phone is not that impressive, especially since we are used to carry our phones in the pockets and bags, without directly exposing them to the sunlight. Still, as a provision of additional power source, the idea looks attractive.
Other features of HTW S116 include 1.3 Mpx camera, external memory card slot and 320×240 px QVGA display.
It has been presented at CeBit last week, but it was only a “paper presentation” with no actual product to see, so it’s hard to tell how close to reality HTW Solar Phone S116 is.
However HTW Electronics claims that it will start selling S116 in China next moth.
Update:Â I was wrong about the “paper presentation”. Engadget Mobile got their hands on a working HTW S116 solar phone at Cebit.
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