Intivation has been developing technology to allow mobile devices to be solar powered. Their technology helps a mobile device to hold a longer charge, and maintain that charge using light around the room. Their new Sunboost3 cell is a much improved cell that holds a longer charge from the start and has better charging under low-light (low-power) conditions.
What does all of this have to do with Android, you might be asking? Everything. Intivation has not only developed this cell for mobile devices, but they have partnered with Umeox and developed their own mobile device with the cell integrated right into it. The Umeox Apollo is Itivation’s solar powered Android phone.
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The phone is described as a “fully functional touch screen handset with all the capabilities of Android”. Intivation confirmed to TheDroidGuy at MWC that the phone will be running Android 2.2 Froyo.
The Umeox Appolo will feature the Sunboost3 solar charger built into it, which will provide a continuous back up charger to the 1300mah lithium ion battery. The phone will have a rugged casing to make sure it will last and keep charging. There are two different types of the phone, one with GSM and one with CDMA, so it could come to multiple different carriers. It has 1gb of internal flash memory and 512 mb of ram. The 3.2 inch screen resolution is 320×480 px. Intivation and Umeox are working on a second model to release in Q3 2011.
The rest of the specs include:
- 3.2″ 320×480 Display
- 1GB storage internally, with a microSD card slot
- FM Radio
- Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
- 3 megapixel rear camera
- 3.5mm audio jack
It is a small device, but it won’t leave you out to dry because it dies all the time.