NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Kenya is among the pioneer launch markets selected to enjoy the benefits of the world’s first solar powered laptop.
Samsung Electronics Nairobi office has confirmed the launch of the Samsung Netbook NC215S laptop in the local market as part of a global launch that kicked off in key African markets last week.
Speaking in Nairobi, Samsung Electronics East Africa Business Leader Robert Ngeru confirmed the availability of the new solar powered 10.1 inch solar powered-netbook in Kenya as part of the ongoing Samsung Built for Africa campaign.
The Samsung Netbook NC 215S features a large front solar panel located on its cover and will be available across the firm’s local dealer network.
The new Samsung solar laptop is loaded with a front cover panel that captures energy from the sun and allows the user to recharge the battery automatically and without cost.
“The Samsung Netbook NC 215S is an aggregation of Samsung’s diverse forward thinking technologies and it satisfies the needs of global market consumers by integrating environmentally-friendly green IT technology,” Mr Ngeru said.
“Using about two hours of bright-mid-day sun, the user can charge the battery life by one hour with a fully charged battery lasting up to 14 hours of usage, and the battery can be charged up to 1,000 times over three years.”
The Samsung Netbook NC215S has great edge over other netbooks available these days in market due to its 14.5 hours stand-by capability as compared to other netbooks having seven or eight hours stand-by capability.
The unveiling of the Samsung Netbook NC 215S comes just months after it was showcased at the Samsung Africa Forum event in Nairobi last May. During the electronics exhibition, the Samsung NC 215S attracted the attention of the public last especially considering the spotty electricity coverage in Africa.
And following its African launch, the new solar powered Netbook is also set to be launched in Russia, the US, Europe, and South Korea before the end of this month.
The Samsung Netbook NC 215S also features an ultra-portable and stylish design, weighing just 1.3kg and featuring a slim display rim that’s as thin as a finger. The new laptop is also loaded with a SuperBright anti-reflective display and can do almost anything with a powerful dual-core Intel® AtomTM processor and genuine Windows® 7 Starter.
Available only in black, the netbook’s solar panel can also be used to charge a smartphone, MP3 player and other devices via its USB port, even when the PC is switched off or in power-saving mode.