Canada-based WeWi Telecommunications Inc. has came up with a new laptop that is designed for use in military, education and developing nations where electricity is limited. Meet SOL, a ruggedized laptop that is powered by the sun.
SOL is basically a laptop that is outfitted with a set of foldable solar panels at the back of its lid. When fully charged the SOL can last for an impressive 8 to 10 hours. If it runs out of juice just unfold the solar panels and it will run directly off solar energy or charge the battery in under 2 hours.
The SOL is equipped with a 13.3-inch WXGA (1366 x 768) LCD screen, a 3 megapixel web camera and a 320GB HDD. Running under the hood is an Intel Atom D2500 dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and Ubuntu Linux. So not only the SOL runs on free energy, it runs on free software as well.
13.3″ LCD, WXGA, 1366 x 768
Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core
Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics
1080p HD Video support
Kingston 2-4GB DDRIII SDRAM (Options Available)
Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB
3MP web camera
Card reader (SD/MS/MMC)
Realtek ALC661 HD Audio
Built-in 2 Speakers
Internal mic + 1/8” input
3G/4G World/multimode LTE
WiFi MIMO 802.11b/gn (2.4/5GHz)
Integrated Digital Core Bluetooth 4.0
8-10 hours battery life
There’s also the SOL Marine version which has everything the SOL has but with the addition of waterproofing.
SOL has a price tag of $350 or around Php15,000 while the SOL Marine costs $400 or around Php17,000. Availability is yet to be announced but is expected to launch first in Ghana, Africa.