A notebook which is capable of recharging itself via solar power? This has got to be a joke, right? Well, if it is, suffice to say Samsung has gone ahead and turned that very joke into reality, for the Korean electronics giant has just announced the availability of its new 10.1-inch 'mini-notebook' which is reportedly capable of doing just that. Seems like humankind's dream of achieving all-day computing on a single battery charge just got one step closer to fruition.
Picture this situation; you are rushing an important report on your notebook, only to have the entire machine suddenly cut out and shut down due to the lack of power needed to run it because you conveniently forgot to charge the battery pack the day before. Sounds familiar? Well, the good news is that Samsung is seemingly aiming to eliminate such inconveniences permanently, for the Korean electronics giant has just announced the launch of its new Samsung Sense NC 215 series of notebooks, which are allegedly capable of recharging itself via solar power. And no, we are not making this up.
According to a machine translation of Samsung's latest announcement, the new Samsung Sense NC 215 series of 'mini-notebooks', which feature a 10.1-inch display, will be capable of converting solar energy from the sun into electrical power via an array of solar panels affixed to the notebook's cover. Samsung claims that the solar panels, when placed under midday sunlight for a duration of two hours, will be able to provide the Samsung Sense NC 215's battery with enough juice to deliver up to an hour of uptime. In addition, the Korean electronics giant has also claimed that the Samsung Sense NC 215's battery is capable of delivering up to 14 hours of uptime on a full charge, and can easilly support up to 1,000 charge cycles.
Furthermore, Samsung has also claimed that the Samsung Sense NC 215 has been designed to look sophisticated while still remaining portable and robust enough to handle the knocks of everyday life. This comes in the form of a total weight that is no greater than 1.32kg, along with a 17.5mm thin display bezel, while the entire notebook body reportedly features Samsung's Duracase technology to protect from scratches. However, no information about the notebook's hardware specifications, such as its processor speed and make, display resolution, bundled operating system and storage capacities have been made public by Samsung at this point of time. In addition, we cannot help but wonder about the amount of heat users have to deal with on the Samsung Sense NC 215, especially when it is being operated under the hot midday sun to take advantage of the notebook's solar charging capabilities.
Sales of the Samsung Sense NC 215 notebook will commence in Korea on August 23 (which happens to be tomorrow), where they will be sold for the price of 599,000 won, or approximately US$553.
Source: Samsung Korea