Is solar charging coming soon to Nokia Lumia handsets?

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.

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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35 Comments

1. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 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

31. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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. :)

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

3. dwgit

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

would be better on s4:)

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

29. Sterijoana

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

36. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

23. jeevan28111992

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 15, 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...

4. srimob

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

49. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 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...

19. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 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..

26. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

37. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

6. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 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

7. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Better than nothing though it sounds costly and not practical

12. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

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

15. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 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?

33. Sterijoana

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 18, 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!

8. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

9. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 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?

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

20. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Lack of confidence . Pretending fanboys!!!

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

factboys better than trolls like you 94 baby :)

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

21. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

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