Feeds

World's 'first' solar-powered mobile phone unveiled

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Danny Boyle's film Sunshine informed us earlier this year that "if the sun dies, so do we". And now that palpable statement could also ring true for your mobile - should you live in China, that is.

Chinese manufacturer HiTech Wealth (HTW) has unveiled what it’s claiming is the world’s first solar-powered mobile phone, available initially in China for around $510 (£250/€369).

The S116, which is already the subject of eight patents, is capable of deriving power not only from the sun, but also from weaker light sources and even candlelight, should you still live in the dark ages.

HTW says the S116 can generate up to 40 minutes of talk time from one hour positioned in direct sunlight. However, a fully solar-sourced charge requires 12 hours of direct roasting.

The handset is a clamshell, with the entire back cover devoted to the solar panel.

Hitech Wealth S116 solar-powered phone
Hitech Wealth's S116: many lights make handset work?

Solar power is not the phone’s only feature, though. The S116 also features dual-band GSM (900/1800MHz) cellular connectivity, MP3 capabilities, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a Micro SD memory card slot.

HTW is also reportedly set to release six further solar-powered blowers within the next 12 months, as well as an impressive 30-strong range of solar phones before 2009.

The announcement treads on service provider Orange's toes slightly though. Last week, it unveiled the Orange Mobile Wind Charger, a 150g wind turbine designed to charge mobile phones, initially at this year's music festivals.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.