Kyocera exhibits off one other photo voltaic-powered prototype smartphone

Kyocera shows off another solar-powered prototype smartphone

Final yr, throughout Cellular World Congress, Kyocera teased a rugged smartphone with photo voltaic charging inbuilt. What made that idea gadget fascinating was how its solar-powered movies have been laid out: they sat between the LCD and contact panel, versus being someplace on the surface of the physique. Now, Kyocera’s constructing on this concept with a brand new prototype handset, which it has as soon as once more created in tandem with Sunpartner Applied sciences, a French firm that focuses on photo voltaic tech.

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The smartphone itself is greater than the Torque we noticed in 2015, standing at 5 inches tall whereas nonetheless operating a forked model of Android. However what issues right here is the magic inside. In line with Sunpartner Applied sciences, Kyocera’s recent prototype comes with improved energy effectivity. Three minutes of solar will get you one minute of speak time, whereas the earlier mannequin required 10 minutes of sunshine rays for 2 minutes of voice. Kyocera additionally designed an app to let customers know concerning the charging circumstances, starting from “Wonderful” to “Not Charging.”

So far as web shopping goes, a Sunpartner consultant stated the photo voltaic-powered know-how can “in all probability” last more doing that than on speak time — however we weren’t allowed to place that to check, sadly. There isn’t any phrase on when, or if, Kyocera plans to convey it to market. Nonetheless, a minimum of we all know the producer is prepared to attempt various things, particularly when it involves photo voltaic know-how.

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