A Canadian company known as WeWi is reportedly designing an Ubuntu-based laptop packaged with a series of solar panels that can be unfolded to recharge the unit's battery or directly power the computer itself.
According to Liliputing, the SOL laptop will be capable of achieving 8-10 hours of battery life, which can be fully recharged in approximately two hours using the above-mentioned solar panels (in ideal conditions).
A 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, up to 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom D2500 dual-core processor paired with with GMA 3600 graphics.
SOL is also expected to be equipped with stereo speakers, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, an SD card reader, 10/100 Ethernet, GPS, dual-channel 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3G/4G modem.
"While the basic specs sound about right for a $300 laptop, it’s hard to imagine a model with up to 10 hours of battery life and built-in 4G LTE shipping for that price — and that’s even before you add the solar panels," writes Liliputing's Brad Linder.
"[So] it’ll be interesting to see if the SOL Laptop ever actually sees the light of day. Yes, pun intended."