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Sharp first with solar-powered, waterproof mobile phone

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May 24, 2009

The Solar Ketai waterproof, solar-powered mobile phone

The Solar Ketai waterproof, solar-powered mobile phone

May 25, 2009 Mobile phones and the beach are generally not a great mix, but for anyone looking to stay in touch while soaking up the rays there are a few more details filtering through regarding Sharp’s waterproof, solar-powered phone. Due for a June release in Japan through Japan’s KDDI wireless provider the new phone has finally gained a title, the Solar Ketai (Solar Mobile) and will be released as part of KDDI’s “au” line.

The new phone will claim a world’s first in being the first waterproof phone to embed a solar panel into its lid. The solar panel can charge up to 80% of the battery’s capacity and can draw enough power from ten minutes of direct sunlight for a one-minute call, or two hours of standby time. Other details about the Solar Ketai are thin on the ground. Going by the picture it won’t be a touchscreen model like Samsung’s previously announced Blue Earth solar powered offering, but with still no release date set for the Blue Earth, it could beat its solar-powered competitor to market.

The Solar Ketai by Sharp is expected to be priced somewhere in range of 40,000 to 60,000 yen, (approx. USD$420 - $630 at time of publication) and will be released in June through Japan's KDDI - just in time for summer. There's no word on if or when the phone will be released outside Japan.

Darren Quick

Via The Mobiler.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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Just what I need I am constanly forgetting my charger when I go on vacation and seem to always forget my phone is in my pocket before I jump in the pool/beach.

Craig Mclaughlin
9th June, 2009 @ 11:56 am PDT
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