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Samsung's Solar Powered Netbook Goes Russian

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).

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • nebun
    why don't they just call it a netbook?
  • JamesSneed
    or SolBook?
  • lassik
    It'll be the 'Firebook' if you leave it in the sun for 14 hours.
  • Ciuy
    Just leave it on bench, go to work and when you return its Fully Charged as the Tesla Troops in RA3 say :)
  • liveonc
    Just needs to use ARM, Win8, & transflective LCD.
  • Pyree
    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
  • docken02
    In Soviet Russia laptop charges you.
  • cleide
    why they only make it in netbook not in all devices like laptop and packet pc or etc....
  • vaughn2k
    In Russia? There is barely a sunrise there..
  • milktea
    Using the solar netbook out in the Sun? No thanks, I don't want to get a sunburn! :)