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Is solar charging coming soon to Nokia Lumia handsets?

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Is solar charging coming soon to Nokia Lumia handsets?
What is Nokia telling us when it shows a picture of a Nokia Lumia handset with the caption, "Sun, sun, sun, here we come!" The quote, of course, is from George Harrison's masterpiece "Here Comes the Sun," with a little change. We don't need a lightbulb to go off over our heads to conclude that the Finnish based manufacturer is hinting that solar charging is coming to its Nokia Lumia line of Windows Phones.

Sun, sun, sun, here we come!

Sun, sun, sun, here we come!

If true, that would be quite a reversal from January 2012 when Nokia shot down the idea of using the sun as a green and cheap way to power up smartphones. Back then, we told you that Nokia had even built five prototypes which were given to five testers who staked out positions throughout the globe. The effectiveness of the process depended greatly on what part of the world the phone was being tested in. For example, in Kenya, where the sun is out all year, the solar recharging worked the best. On the other hand, at the Arctic Circle, the low angle of the sun forced the tester to chase sunlight as it moved around the house every day.

Trying to decipher the caption, some have theorized that Nokia is merely making a comment on the yellow color of the unnamed phone. Or perhaps the OEM is just looking forward to the summer. If Nokia is indeed working on a phone that uses solar charging, it could help sell its smartphones to those who are considered "green". How important would solar charging be to you in deciding which phone to buy?

source: Nokia via WPCentral

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posted on 19 Mar 2013, 20:42 11

1. aryanfr1 (Posts: 40; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


though the phone design is mid-range,crank up the design and this become one of the ground breaking achievement in comercial cellphone history

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 01:24

31. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


If i bought a Nokia Lumia, i would talk to it, and call it "Plank"... Just like the character on Ed, Edd and Eddy. Cos it looks like a piece of wood. :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:23

42. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Lol YouTube nokia lumia 920 durability test

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 20:53 2

2. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Read a related topic somewhere before weeks ago which actually touched on the topic of solar cells in a Nokia phone itself. It is not really practical it the solar panels are on the back (who likes to stand outdoors under heat for long periods); it is most likely to be embedded as multiple solar cells as a layer in the screen.

Thinking twice, i can just leave the phone on a wireless charger, and the charger and phone under my table lamp while doing paper work on my desk and it charges from 2 sources. Not a bad thing after all. I like how Nokia is trying to push more unique features hardware-wise into their devices.

But i believe this post by Phonearena has nothing to do with solar charging - i saw this exact post in Nokia's Facebook, most likely it is referring to only the yellow color which is unique.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:11

3. dwgit (Posts: 37; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


would be better on s4:)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:48 16

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Troll harder fanboy!!!
You and Samsung got a long way to go with it.
Maybe you need the charging...

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:02 3

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


They had it on a 30$ phone :)
http://www.nextbigwhat.com/samsung-solar-guru-price-in-india-297/

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 00:50 8

29. Sterijoana (Posts: 32; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


What are you implying? My 20$ calculator had it 10 years ago. Pl's ask them if they can implement it on their 600$+ flagships.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:23

36. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So what's your point. They did it on a phone ... long back before Nokia's SUN SHINES :)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:25 9

23. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Come On Man Everything On S4??? Then Wait For Them To release next flagship phones which contains all the ideas brought up to market by different companies...simply give them time to copy...

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:20 22

4. srimob (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Now samdung will copy it for next galaxy.. Name is S-charging.... Haha

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:08 2

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Why do they have to copy others when they did it first time in 2009 on a $30 phone :)

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 08:57

49. amansingal14 (Posts: 285; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Man, the question is not about a $30 dumbphone. It is about a smartphone with premium features. If solar charging is to be implemented on a flagship, it would be difficult.

However, I do feel they might unveil a new device this summer...

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:46 8

19. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


That is innovation to a mobile phone by god of mobile industry...Samdog is limited to ram processor screen size & copied innovation...sad for samsuck fanboys..they pretend hardest..

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:40 1

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Ignorant fools ---
http://www.nextbigwhat.com/samsung-solar-guru-price-in-india-297/
:)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:52 7

27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Agreed...but it's not a smart-phone. A solar panel on a screen with a colour display of 65k.
Arranging it for a smart-phone is going to be harder and more expensive. It'll be somewhat like making FHD resolutions for phones on smaller screen.
I'm wondering what type of tech will be used if a solar charger is on the phone. If it's on screen charging...Apple has patented that, not sure if it's passed or not.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:27

37. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


It's all about new way of doing same old thing. There will always be new ways of doing same old thing as technology moves forward. Apple patented it as it didn't want anyone else to move forward and with new patent laws in US it's more of a Apple Patent Troll Office ... now you have to hunt for something which is not patented and apply for patent ... and it's done :)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:34

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Well, solar charging isn't there yet to provide enough of a benefit to justify the extra cost (solar technology is still very expensive) so I doubt it.

However, it does indeed make sense that it could be the unique hook to get the green-minded and hippie customers.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:38 1

6. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


well i dont care if i save energy using it, all im looking at is that if my phone does charge with the sun, im gonna have better battery life right? bring it on nokia, the goal doesnt have to be 100% solar charging but a battery life extender would be approved by all lumia owners

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:40

7. MrJerry (Posts: 392; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Better than nothing though it sounds costly and not practical

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:56 5

12. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Not practical? If they can some how manage to slow battery drain significantly with it how would it be impractical?

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:16

15. MrJerry (Posts: 392; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Correction

I might be useful for some who like the sunlight while they are eating or drinking coffee and only if they are in a proper country. For example here in Australia. Not many countries have the sunlight most days

But again I don't think many people are willing to put their expensive phone in the sunlight and it cannot make people do it either

Fair enough?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 01:39 1

33. Sterijoana (Posts: 32; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


"It might be useful for some who like the sunlight while they are eating or drinking coffee and only if they are in a proper country.".. Bingo!
Funny how Nokia haters always bragged about not having enough options in Nokia handsets and now they are moaning because they are going to add one!

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:41

8. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


The only problem with smart phone solar charging is that a solar panel the same size as a smartphone takes a long time to charge the phone even in direct sunlight. Additionally a large part of a smartphone is the battery and as all battery manufacturers will tell you do not leave in the sun or expose to heat. So why put a solar panel on the back of a phone if it can't get warm. I purchased online a external battery pack with solar cell on it for my phone and the pack exploded from leaving it in the sun due to the heat. If nokia is to make solar charging I hope for their sake its a solar charging acessory with a 6 ft cable to keep the phone itself in a cool place while charging.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:20 4

16. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, you can keep on using wireless charging. :)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:45

9. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 147; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Maybe Nokia's post just means that summer is approaching? Particularly in Asia, and here in the Philippines. Nokia does things like that all the time in their Facebook page, like "Here comes the weekend!" with a picture of friends fooling around in crazy clothes.

I'd love to have a solar-charging Lumia though. Perhaps they'll release a solar-charging capable case?

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:52 1

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


samsung had this on a 25$ phone for rural indian subscribers :D

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:46 4

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Just like the tale of the fisherman and the fish, but you go backwards, so it went from being 30 $ to 25 $ that's just very credible now

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:31 1

24. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Hardly matters ... Yes 2009 to 2013 $ rate difference around 20% : but kids fail to see that :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 01:23 2

30. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Since you failed to include inflation in both of your posts, you have contradicted yourself, making you look like a troll and a liar, and only kids put smiling faces

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:29

38. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No ignorant fools run around everywhere trying to contradict even facts. Seen you use currency symbol after the numerical values elsewhere so first practice what you preach UK kid ... :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:22

41. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


True very true, much rather be known for currency dyslexia than be known as an American that has type 3 diabetes, haha I bet you look as bold as the penguin from your avatar

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 21:24

43. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Naah what i have known as 1.5 but looks like you did not go beyond learning integers ... ;-)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 10:03

44. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That is true, while I was getting my chemical engineering bachelor, we never learned anything past two integers, since the second integer means acceleration while the first means velocity, I guess I never bothered to ask my calculus professors about that, what about you? Passed second level of reading or still stuck in the smiley phase of childhood? ;)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:54

45. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Who asked your qualification? This is what i like about idiots... when they are short of words they start bragging ...:)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:40

46. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Idiots? Hahaha! Only if I had decided to party in my college years, but I didn't, now I get to brag about being able to afford any phone, any time, regardless of price, since my monthly salary allows it ;)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 21:08

47. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nice attempt at striptease but not sure who u r trying to impress ... now next pl don't tell me that you are grand kid of Bernoulli :)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 22:05

48. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Of course not ;) but he's my favourite scientist, I even opened a business under his name, I know kind of unusual name but hey it's appealing and so far so good ;)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:06

39. lyndon420 (Posts: 1716; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Can't add anything of sustenance to the article, so you troll and pick apart other's comments? Look at you go...gold star for you.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:48 2

20. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Lack of confidence . Pretending fanboys!!!

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:32 1

25. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


factboys better than trolls like you 94 baby :)

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:22 10

17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nokia needs to patent "Solar charging" cuz...... You know what I mean :P

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:59 1

21. freebee269 (Posts: 519; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


this to me doesnt seem like nokia is trying to replace charging solely with this. seems to me it would be very practical if i am outside in the summer spring or fall with my phone and instead of it losing power it would maintain it's power while still having the means to wireless charge or cord charge. where you live and how much sun you get year round will affect how much this helps you. but it does have alot of practical uses. and if i am able to extend the charge of my battery while being outside, this is a win. for someone who sits in their house all day typing on pc and doesnt like to go outside, it wont be good for them. me, i like to get out and enjoy the weather, most normal people do, so this would allow you to enjoy your new lumia phone for a longer period of time.

the only question i have is, where is the charging going to be located on the phone? if it's on the back that wont be a good place to have it since the back of the phone is almost always face down, shielding it from sunlight.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:13

22. pwnarena (Posts: 844; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


i think this is not a good idea. we know batteries and other internal components don't do well with constant exposure to heat.

we have expensive solar garden lights that don't last a long time with their batteries quickly degraded by the constant exposure to the elements.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 00:07

28. minteke (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)


I am not positive about " green and cheap way to power up smartphones" yet, but it is the absolutely nice feature for those who are out of charging points in really remote areas. 20 years ago I use to walk traveling in the mountains for 3 weeks, so where I would charge my phone, if I had it?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 01:38 4

32. Tarzan (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Now this is called INNOVATION.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:08

40. lyndon420 (Posts: 1716; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yup...but before you go and give credit to Nokia, try and give some praise to the French company that is actually developing this and trying to bring it to market.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 05:01 2

34. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Now that would be great and also eco friendly.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 07:35

35. loki1618 (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


would be sweet if they release it on android. Microsoft hardly have any apps

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