Illustration for article titled This $300 Solar-Powered Ubuntu Laptop Lasts 10 Hours on 2 Hours of Sun

Working with a computer outdoors can often mean you're at the mercy of your battery—but not if you have this`Sol laptop, which can run for 10 hours on a single solar charge.


Designed for use in developing countries where electricity supply is erratic—or non-existent—it's equipped with a fold out panel of solar cells which can soak up rays to power the device. According to Canadian company WeWi Telecommunications, the company behind the computer, the ten-hour battery takes just two hours to charge in strong sun. Details on specs are a little limited, but we do know that it packs an Intel processor, WiFi, an HD display, Ubuntu OS and the option of a satellite module for internet access.

Ghana will be the first country to receive the hardware, before it rolls out around the rest of the world—where it'll cost $300. That's not particularly cheap in a developing-world context—but it will help humanitarians, aid workers and the like to keep doing their work long after their battery usually died. [Sol via OMG!Ubuntu via Engadget]

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