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LG unveils everlasting solar phone

Limitless power... on standby

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MWC LG looks set to follow in Samsung’s solar-powered footsteps, because it’s unveiled a prototype sun-soaker handset.

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LG's Secret phone: with added solar cells

The firm’s modified one of its existing Secret phones so that almost the entire back panel’s covered by solar cells. Samsung recently launched a talker called Blue Earth that has a very similar design.

An LG spokesman told Register Hardware that, during tests, a ten-minute solar charge was enough to power a three-minute voice call.

But it’s not happy with that and wants the phone’s solar panel to generate enough electricity for standby mode to “last forever”. The final version would be a hybrid device though, sporting a battery to support everyday use. And British winters.

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LG wants its solar-powered phone to last forever in standby mode

LG said it hopes to have the unnamed solar phone – which will probably be a new model, rather than an eco-friendly Secret – by the end of 2009 or in early 2010. ®

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