Logitech has announced the expansion of both its solar and tablet accessories line-up with the new Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio. Made for the new, third-generation iPad as well as the iPad 2, the ultra-slim, book-style case and keyboard aims to offer a stylish design with protection, featuring a built-in keyboard that's powered by light.

The solar powered keyboard

The solar powered keyboard

Similar to Logitech's solar keyboards for Mac and PC, the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio includes onboard solar cells that charge the built-in Bluetooth keyboard in any light, whether indoors or outdoors. When fully charged, the battery lasts for up to two years, even in complete darkness (based on an average use of two hours per day). “Now that people are seemingly inseparable from their tablets, using them for everything from sending emails to watching videos, they want accessories powered to meet their needs,” said Alexis Richard, Director of product marketing at Logitech. “The Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio is a smart partner for your iPad. Its sleek built-in keyboard uses light to charge and it provides hassle-free protection for your iPad – both for the front and back. It gives you an ideal way to use and protect your tablet without adding bulk.

Available for both, the iPad 2 and the new version

Available for both, the iPad 2 and the new version

The Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio has two stand positions, so when you want to use your iPad you can choose the viewing angle that's best suited to you. Open the folio and place your iPad in the first position to use the full keyboard when you're typing. Place your iPad in the second position and the first keyboard row acts as your one-touch media playback and volume controls, so you can play, pause and change volume instantly. The folio also has an instant On/Off function, which means your iPad automatically wakes when you open the folio and goes on standby when you close it.

The Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio is expected to be available in the beginning of May 2012, for a suggested retail price of $129.99 (approx INR6,887). More information on Logitech’s Solar Keyboard Folio and their other products is available here.  

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