Chinese S116 solar-powered mobile charges by… candlelight?

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Sporting a microSD memory card slot, MP3 player and a 1.3 megapixel camera, the S116 mobile phone from Hi-Tech Wealth, Inc. has a solar panel on the back which supposedly provides 40 minutes of talk time per one hour of light exposure. Apparently it’s even sensitive enough to derive significant charge from light as weak as that provided by a church taper, and the battery lasts 2.5 times as long as the battery in a typical mobile. (I believe the latter, but the former sounds pretty unlikely.) Hi-Tech Wealth, Inc, plans to release six more phones on similar lines over the next year. [GT]

World’s 1st solar-powered mobile developed in China [via Inhabitat]

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