The first solar powered netbook offers extra mobility and up to 1000 charge cycles.

Samsung has just released its NC215 notebook PC in South Korea, following its launch in Europe, Africa and the U.S. last month. Equipped with a photovoltaic (PV) panel on its back cover, the netbook can run on solar power for about an hour if exposed to sunlight for two hours. When the battery is fully charged, the netbook can be used continuously for up to 14 hours. Up to 1000 charge cycles are supported by Samsung.

The NC215 has a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 matte display, dual-core Atom N570 processor, 1GB of RAM, 250 HDD, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 enabled, and comes with Windows 7 Starter edition. Available only in black, the netbook's solar panel can also be used to charge a smartphone, MP3 player and other devices via its USB port, even when the PC is switched off or in power-saving mode.

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