World's first solar-powered, water-resistant cell phone comes from Sharp

World's first solar-powered, water-resistant cell phone comes from Sharp
The idea of solar powered mobile phones seems to be getting ever more popular these days. We have already seen a few prototypes and concept devices, but there hasn´t been any actual, mass production device that utilizes solar energy and is water-resistant at the same time, at least not until now. The Japanese mobile operator KDDI have just announced that Sharp produced the first solar-powered waterproof device and it should be available on the Japanese market and KKDI´s network in particular around June. You will be able to charge up the unnamed phone for a minute of talk or two-hour standby by merely leaving it in the sunlight for about 10 minutes. Sun itself can power the battery up to 80% of its total capacity, but this should be enough for most users anyway. The most annoying problem we seem to have with the device is it might as well fall out to be one of those “Japan only” handsets that will never make it worldwide. Nevertheless, we still hope Sharp decides to put out an international version, since we can really see the great appeal of having a water-resistant, solar-powered phone, while idling away on the beach or going for a swim in the pool.

source: KDDI via AkihabaraNews

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3 Comments

1. wifidude

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 17, 2009

They need to improve the rate of energy conversion. 10 minutes of sunlight for 1 minute of talk, that is one hour of sun for 10 minutes. It would no be efficient to use sunlight as the source of battery power for average talkers. It is a start into something that needs to be better.

3. Flapjacks

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

Alright roll with me here, One hour = 60 Minutes and 60/10 = 10!?!?!?!?!?! haha, but good point overall, it's a fun concept and I wouldn't really buy the phone for that feature, it would just kind of be a nice little perk.

2. QW3RTY_7

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

Jeez calm down bud. I don't see you coming out with anything.

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