Samsung solar netbook delayed until August
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The upcoming solar-powered netbook from Samsung has apparently been delayed for a mid to late August release.
According to Liliputing, the Samsung NC215S is having supply issues with its custom solar panels located on the lid of the laptop. The delay is not as bad as it seems, as the original launch date was July 3rd, meaning an expected delay of only 2 months maximum.
The 10.1-inch NC215S netbook runs on an Intel Atom N570 CPU with a 1024x600 resolution matte screen, 1GB RAM and comes with USB 2.0 ports, a microphone jack, VGA-out, and other usual connectivity options. Quite standard specs for a netbook of this size. The solar panel is rated for 1 hour of use for every 2 hours of charging time. Under ideal conditions, Samsung claims up to 14 hours of battery life out of the netbook.
Samsung, however, may soon be joined by more solar-powered notebook manufacturers. During a design competition earlier this year, Fujitsu released its own conceptual solar-powered notebook as well. Whether or not solar-powered notebooks will take off remains to be seen.