You’re going to like this if you’re an environment-loving, don’t-cut-down-trees person. Even if you’re not, it’s still a neat way of conserving some electricity (and costs). Umeox had unveiled a solar-powered smartphone at the MWC in Barcelona and the good news is it runs on Android.
Heat up with the sun…
The Apollo runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, has a Mediatek chipset and a 512 MB RAM. The other specifications, which aren’t the best but should still be noted nevertheless, are as follows:
3.2-inch Capacitive Touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution EDGE Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 3 Megapixel camera 1 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB FM Radio 3.5 mm audio jack
The solar-powered battery needs about 2 and a half hours of loving from the sun for your daily usage but if you’re completely drained out, it’ll take about 17 hours of sunlight. So it’s advisable that you don’t run out of juice completely.
So if you’re working with an NGO where you’re working in a village without any decent electricity supply, this seems to be a pretty good smartphone.
Rugged and yet pleasantly colorful
The Apollo smartphone should be launching sometime in May in India and other Asian countries. The price is supposed to hover around $100 (approx Rs. 4,500) which looks to be quite right, but we’ll let you know for sure once we get our hands on the Apollo.