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Solar Powered Smartphone for ‘Green’ Users

By: Hanif Bhatti on July 12th, 2010

Puma Phone / image source: Springwise

Green products are great especially the gadgets and many companies are coming up with more and more green products including solar powered chargers, electric vehicles and hybrid fuel vehicles. Now the German sports company Puma has launched a smartphone through a partnership with France’s Sagem Wireless that “promises to serve both purposes by featuring both an integrated solar cell and an eco-metering function that displays all the resulting energy savings.”

The Puma Phone features a 2.8-inch touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a VGA video call camera, and it is available SIM-free for an estimated retail price of EUR 399. The sports-centric phone also features a stopwatch, Sports tracker, GPS speedo, GPS maps and 3D yachting compass. The proprietary user interface includes around 100 Puma message icons, which work best with the integrated Speak Puma application on Facebook.

The makers of this phone claim that just one hour of sunshine provides enough power for one hour and 30 minutes of MP3 play or about 30 text messages. Users can even see how much of their phone calls, music and messages have been powered by the sun. According to a report on Gizmodo, solar power usage also translates into points redeemable in the Puma store.

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