Samsung India has launched the world's first solar powered mobile phone, the "Solar Guru" (Guru E1107) in the Indian market.
The handset enables its users dual charging; it allows users to charge the battery anywhere the sun is shining, so that users are not inconvenienced when the phone battery is running out of charge.However the main source of charge would be electricity.
The phone has the capacity to provide around 5~10 minutes of talk time with one hour of solar charging (*Measured when the phone is turned-off under the sun light of 80,000 Lux. Results can be different depending on circumstances).
Lux is the SI unit of illuminence.It is used as a measure of apparent intensity of light hitting or passing through a surface.
The phone will be beneficial for far flung areas where electricity is unstable, says the company. Moreover, the solar panel charging will allow its users to save some money and energy consumption on traditional electrical charging.
- The Samsung Solar Guru comes in a compact design with basic mobile phone features such as FM radio, MP3 ringtones, embedded games and a torch light.
- It measures 105.2 x 44.15 x 16.4mm, has a 1.52-inch screen with a resolution of 65K CSTN (128x128), comes with 1 MB of user memory.
- The phone offers MobileTracker, a standard feature in many Samsung phones which automatically alerts when the SIM card is changed or sends out an SOS message in an emergency.
- Apart from the above, the Solar Guru also offers the very Indianized feature called "Mobile prayer". This comprises of various religious prayers and wall papers.