The popular Indian phone manufacturer Micromax is planning to launch a handset with built-in Solar Panel charger. The solar panel charger will charge the phone in 3 hours and the users will 1.5 hours talk time. The phone is expected to launch in the coming week.
Not much details are disclosed about the phone yet. Rahul Sharma, the co-founder and executive director Micromax told to TheMobileIndian that:
We have been at the forefront of innovation. We were the first to launch long battery life phones, dual SIM phones and many more. Our next innovation is to get rid of the mobile phone charger by including a solar panel in our next phone. This solar charger will top up the charge in 3 hours to support 1.5 hours of talktime.
However Micromax is not the first company who launched the phone with a solar panel charger. Vodafone already have a low range model named Vodafone VF 247. The VF 247 is a very basic phone which has the calling features, messaging, FM radio, colour display and solar panel charger in the back. The phone will be a feature phone and not a smart phone.
The Vodafone VF 247 is priced at Rs. 1,500. But going with the Micromax history, the latest model will be richer in functionality.
Micromax had surprised the technology world by launching the Funbook android tablet for just Rs. 6,499 in India.