The Umeox Apollo, a Solar Powered Android Device [MWC2011]
Introducing the Umeox Apollo, the Chinese manufacturers latest Android powered device which also happens to gather it’s power from the SUN! Umeox is best known for the V3, a .58cm thick low cost phone which was released at MWC2010. This solar powered android device is the first of it’s kind that actually looks as though it’ll head in to production. I’ve always doubted the practicality of solar powered mobile devices, but this device has swayed my opinion and has me hopeful for the future.
The Umeox Apollo is not a particularly powerful device by any means. It comes with a 3.2″ 320×480 display, a 3 mega-pixel rear facing camera, 1GB internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. There’s been no word yet on specific release dates, but there are two models due to be released. There’s a MTK6573 (US version) which comes with support for 850/1900Mhz bands (ie: AT&T), and the MTK6516 that’ll work in Europe and most of Asia.
Only one major concern…be careful not to kill your battery completely on this phone. The company estimates that charging up for daily usage should only require about 2.5 hours of sunlight, but bringing it back to 100% after the battery dies completely will require a whopping 17 hours. Look for the 900/1800MHz model to hit in Q2 of this year, and the 850/1900MHz model to hit in Q3.