Meet Sol, the Solar-powered Ubuntu notebook with a 10-hour battery

By on August 6, 2013, 4:30 PM
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Canadian-based WeWi Telecommunications Inc. has created an Ubuntu-based laptop that harnesses solar energy from the sun for power. The Sol claims to last for up to 10 hours via the internal battery, can run directly off solar energy and can be fully charged via solar power in just two hours.

As you might imagine, the notebook is designed to be used in regions or environments where electricity may not be readily available such as in developing nations, the military and even certain educational fields. It features a solar panel that can be unfolded from behind the display to soak up the solar energy.

It took some digging but I was able to come up with a list of specifications on the notebook. It ships with a 13.3-inch display operating at 1,366 x 768, an Intel Atom D2500 chip clocked at 1.86GHz, options for either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, a 320GB Seagate HDD and built-in Intel GMA3600 graphics. Other features include a 3-megapixel camera, three USB 2.0 ports, 3G/4G radios, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The website does mention that the Sol comes loaded with all the productivity and creativity tools you need, promising there won’t be any other software needed to get started (a pretty ambiguous claim, no?).

Pricing is listed at $350 for the base model and $400 for a submersible version. No word on when the company plans to ship as the site simply mentions both models will be available soon.

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Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Some additional information from their site...

SOL runs with Intel inside. It can be ordered with various CPU speeds (Please contact for specification.) WeWi's innovative motherboard design combined with Intel's superior performance make SOL not only affordable but extremely powerful.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Wow so much solar panels there though.

misor misor said:

So much glare and you need to be in the sun's amazing rays to be in power...

seriously, I hope the solar panels can be detached and attached thru the use of long usb cables. the 'submersible' version is intriguing although the risk of electrocution for a 90W (?) laptop is high.

Guest said:

Sweet, getting this for after the apocalypse. When there is no power and everyone's electronics are useless, I'll still have the essentials: music and porn.

Guest said:

To guest above, you didn't count the chance of nuclear winter, so its useless if there is no sun, better get your self some wind turbines

Guest said:

Sweet, getting this for after the apocalypse. When there is no power and everyone's electronics are useless...[your take]

this might happen :)

2 people like this | Arris Arris said:

"solar energy from the sun".... where else?

1 person liked this | MrAnderson said:

You'll need a picnic table to use this thing... it is pretty cool though and the price seems reasonable.

My question is if it runs in direct sunlight, what have they done to improve the visability of the screen?

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Finally a laptop that can cover an average American's lap! I'm kidding guys, now laugh. =)

It looks a little unruly and I wonder if the screen is bright enough for it to be operated while charging under.

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