Did you know the Indian handset industry is increasingly getting greener? Though a little late compared to the global level, it is always better late than never. Several big names in mobile phone makers, at last, seem to have understood the need of a proper and efficient system for charging mobile phones in the Indian subcontinent.
As you all know, many locations in the Asian nation are still without proper electricity connection. Many Indian subsidiaries of popular brands have started pondering ways to compliment the shortage of power sources in rural areas. Some have even offering handhelds with a battery life of 30 days and also dual mode handsets that can switch to alkaline batteries when they are out of default ones.
Samsung is one of the forerunners in the sector. They have studied the instability of power in most of the rural and semi-urban cities requiring people sometimes to walk long distances to find a power point to charge their phones.
Samsung had launched their Solar Guru, a dual-powered hybrid phone in June last year by, quoting Rs 2,799 ($60-£39). As the name indicates, the sun as well as normal electricity can charge the Solar Guru.
Samsung has also introduced a cheap solar powered product christened Samsung Crest Solar or Samsung E1107. It features a skim of solar panel on the rear that can likely offer 10 minutes of talk time from every hour it spends in the sun.
It is listed for $59 in the Asian Market. Samsung Crest Solar features a camera, Mp3 Player, FM Radio, Games and a flashlight, an AC Adapter. Interestingly the E1107, also features Samsung’s proprietary Mobile Tracker, which duly signals the suitable authorities in case of an emergency with a SOS signal.
Vodafone India has also set examples to join the green mobile zone. It has also introduced a solar power mobile phone ‘VF 247’ that supplement for the undependable electric supply in India.
Chinese phone and network equipment manufacturer ZTE manufactures the VF 247. It also has options to charge from solar energy as well as electricity. It quotes a price of Rs1500 ($32 or £20).
Nokia is also reportedly working on many solar powered or eco-friendly products aimed at the Indian market. Nokia has earlier released a bicycle charger kit in Nairobi, Kenya, that uses a small dynamo extracting power from the wheel rotation to charge a phone.
Another popular brand LG is also providing a better option in this area. LG POP or the LG GD510 is the latest phone. LG asserts to have used green packaging for this handset. It has printed its user manuals with soy ink on recycled paper.
This eco friendly phone features a battery cover solar panel that LG claims to supply 3 minutes of talk time for every 10 minutes exposure to sunlight.
It seems like green is in and growing in the Indian mobile technology arena. Stay tuned for more to come. Tell us what do you expect a few months down the line.
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