Samsung has introduced their first solar-powered phone, an inexpensive device targeted at emerging markets. The dual-band (900/1800MHz) GSM E1107 “Crest” includes a normal 800 mAh battery that is charged normally and a large solar panel which provides 5-10 minutes of talk time for each hour it is exposed to the sun.
In areas where stable electric outlets are scarce, carrying this phone makes a lot of sense. Leaving it in a sunny window all the time would eliminate the need to charge the device.
Samsung’s “Mobile Tracker” sends an alert if the SIM is swapped and also has an emergency message capability. A feature that blocks calls outside of those important enough to answer while busy, a fake call feature for an easy out of those awkward situations and a prayer-reminder alert system are among the phone’s features which will vary depending on local market.
- Dual-band GSM connectivity (900/1800 MHz)
- 1.52 inch CSTN display with 128 x 128 pixels and 65K colors
- FM Radio
- MP3 ringtones
- Built-in flashlight
- Mobile Tracker
Crest is launching this month in Europe, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, and Latin America. In India, the phone is called Samsung Solar Guru and costs only 2,799 INR ($59) unlocked.