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Samsung's Solar Powered Netbook Goes Russian

By - Source: Engadget | B 22 comments

It's summer! Go outside and play... Farmville?

In May we learned that Samsung had made a solar-powered netbook called the NC215S for the African market.

Now that very same netbook is featured on Samsung's Russian site bearing the same model number. As can be seen in the picture, most of the screen lid is consumed by a solar panel. The addition of the solar panel stretches battery life to 14.5 hours, though of course that must vary depending on lighting conditions.

The machine itself is quite low-power to begin with, packing either an Intel Atom N570 or N55 CPU at 1.6 GHz with GMA 3150 graphics. The NC215S has a 10.1-inch LCD at 1024x600, 1GB of RAM, VGA out, mic in, headphone out, an Ethernet port, three USB, and a 4-in-1 card reader. Storage choices are either a 250 GB or 320 GB HDD.

All of that weighs in at 1.3 kg or 2.9 lbs and will retail for 13,999 rubles (or around $479).

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    lassik , June 21, 2011 12:49 PM
    It'll be the 'Firebook' if you leave it in the sun for 14 hours.
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    nebun , June 21, 2011 12:21 PM
    why don't they just call it a netbook?
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    JamesSneed , June 21, 2011 12:42 PM
    or SolBook?
  • 12 Hide
    lassik , June 21, 2011 12:49 PM
    It'll be the 'Firebook' if you leave it in the sun for 14 hours.
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    Ciuy , June 21, 2011 1:22 PM
    Just leave it on bench, go to work and when you return its Fully Charged as the Tesla Troops in RA3 say :) 
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    liveonc , June 21, 2011 1:42 PM
    Just needs to use ARM, Win8, & transflective LCD.
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    Pyree , June 21, 2011 1:49 PM
    CiuyJust leave it on bench, go to work and when you return its Fully Charged as the Tesla Troops in RA3 say


    or found it missing LOL
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    docken02 , June 21, 2011 1:53 PM
    In Soviet Russia laptop charges you.
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    cleide , June 21, 2011 1:59 PM
    why they only make it in netbook not in all devices like laptop and packet pc or etc....
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    vaughn2k , June 21, 2011 2:29 PM
    In Russia? There is barely a sunrise there..
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    milktea , June 21, 2011 3:06 PM
    Using the solar netbook out in the Sun? No thanks, I don't want to get a sunburn! :) 
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    vider , June 21, 2011 4:00 PM
    I just don't get it, why go with an Intel solution on a device like this one, if an AMD solution would be MUCH better (when it comes to performance), why?
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    WR2 , June 21, 2011 4:22 PM
    Right. TN glossy LCD panel to go with that solar panel.
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    starryman , June 21, 2011 5:38 PM
    lassikIt'll be the 'Firebook' if you leave it in the sun for 14 hours.


    Damn that's a good name. Firebook. I'm trademarking and copyrighting it now. Firebook TM. Firebook C.
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    Max Collodi , June 21, 2011 6:56 PM
    starrymanDamn that's a good name. Firebook. I'm trademarking and copyrighting it now. Firebook TM. Firebook C.

    In order to secure the word as a trademark you will have to actually produce a product containing the mark and distribute it.
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    fir_ser , June 21, 2011 10:46 PM
    Impressive netbook, I would like to see a 15” version with bigger solar panels and with AMD’s Brazos.
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    DSpider , June 21, 2011 10:52 PM
    Good thing they've made it black. Black doesn't overheat in direct sunlight. Oh, wait...
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    cookoy , June 21, 2011 10:55 PM
    if the solar panel at the back of the lid can be tilted to capture more direct sunlight, then the extra power can be used to operate the fan to cool the netbook
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    nebun , June 21, 2011 11:13 PM
    viderI just don't get it, why go with an Intel solution on a device like this one, if an AMD solution would be MUCH better (when it comes to performance), why?

    because AMD's performance doesn't add up...take a look at all their cpus....from what i have seen Intel's cpus perform better
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    wildwell , June 22, 2011 1:24 AM
    Why just Africa and maybe Russia? This could sell in many countries!
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    scazbala86 , June 22, 2011 7:04 AM
    nebunbecause AMD's performance doesn't add up...take a look at all their cpus....from what i have seen Intel's cpus perform better


    Brazos stomps on the Atom, even when it's paired with an Ion chip. Tom's did a review on it here a while back. You Intel boys need to do your homework before posting drivel like this.
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