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Recently a Russian Smartphone Company called Caviar announced the release of a $4.5K iPhone X Tesla smartphone modified to run solely on Solar Power. Would this be the start of a Solar Power revolution for Smartphones and other devices?
Maybe, could be. I'm sure the prices are hefty at the moment, but if people would jump into the idea, I'm sure prices will go down. It happened to electric cars before so it might happen to the smartphone industry too. Let's keep our fingers crossed for this one.
Solar is driving most of our gadgets. Why not smartphones? They should be solar driven too. Exoenses are no problem really.
There are calculators before that are solar-powered and it sold well in the market. It has a solar panel strip on top of the design, looks great and works perfectly. Maybe it has something to do with the manufacturing price. If it goes down, I'm sure they will be mass-produced.
They will go down soon enough. The price offered is too high. It is acually stealing from clients.
Yeah, if I would use one word to describe its SRP right now, I would say it's EXORBITANT. Well, two words actually, the other one is OUTRAGEOUS.
I had one of those. I think it works great on calculators. For one they do not require too much power supply that a single strip could power their battery. But I feel that it would be a little different with phones. For one, the phone's solar power is located in the back. There is a high risk of damage since we tend to set our phones down everywhere: tables, benches, etc. This might lead to a second problem which is maintenance. If we did damage the solar panels at the back, how much would it cost to have it repaired? I think that the maintenance of the phones might be much more expensive than the electricity than we aim to save by charging our phones thru solar power.
Calculators canWork. Even largy due to the fact that they can be kept stationary as other activities are being organized.
Now that's the nitty-gritty stuff, and I'm glad you talked about it and provided some excellent insights. There's one suggestion I read that it can serve well those feature phones we have or something similar. Like those 3310s, I think it's perfect for those.
The problem is when will you find the time to hang out your phone to charge in the sun. I am always open minded but this one might be a stretch too far.
I got your point. I think there is the way for charging it in normal way. They would find a solution from that for sure.
Yeeah but when it is charged the normal way then it ceases to be a solar powered phone. maybe if they then think around having a panel for the phone specifically that stores power and then used as a charger.
If they will implement that project in different country like they definitely has a plans for proper charging it. It is impossible to hang our phone outside where the sunlight is, it is inappropriate. They might have device to connect it properly.
I could agree with you. I think the idea is a little too far stretched. It could be good for those who are camping out or travelling but I doubt if it could be good for every day use.
I think there are already powerbanks with solar panels in them that serves as charger. I think I saw those somewhere in Lazada, and I think they work. They are far much cheaper too.
Also, as regarding to marketing, we would also notice how such phone is a lot more desirable in southern countries rather than northern ones. Simply because in the north there's a lot less sun. Imagine them using these solar phones during the season of winter, when there's barely any sun at all.
I think you're right. Stuff is always expensive at the start. Kind of like those novelty inventions before they were mass produced. It's like a rarity thing. The more hard to find something is, the more value it has.
New technology is always expensive in the beginning. It's a trend, and I don't know why. Maybe aside from the manufacturing costs, they also factor in the research made on top of the price.
I guess you're right. There's also the novelty thing. When something is first introduced, people will flock to it like hungry birds. There's like this elitism about being the first of many to actually own one of the latest inventions.
By the time it's become common, it somehow loses value. Especially, for very rich people.
Yeah, I remember the time where PCs are so expensive and every household ones to own one. Price for an 850Mhz PC with all the shebang costs a whopping $600. Now, you're lucky if you can sell one for $50.
Yes, people are curious at first and try out all the new items and later realize that they should not have bought it. It happens all the time. Same thing will happen even with solar powered smartphones but as they face the setbacks, they will go back to the smartphones that we use today.
I think it's all about factoring in the assets and expenses incurred in the research and production of a product that has not been verified sold yet and profits to finance it's production realized.
As you've said it happened to electric cars, of course, it will happen to other gadgets. This is good. Utilizing solar energy is a great idea. After all, this energy is renewable. The source is free since it comes from the sun. The initial cost might be expensive but this might be worth it in the long run.
No doubt using solar power is a great idea but I'm unsure as to how you would charge your mobile. Also there are restrictions where the climate in not favorable for instance places like Canada. As solar energy is renewable and readily available prices of the phones should be on the lower side but here it is the exact opposite.
This is good news for everyone. I believe that solar power revolution is advancing. Prices at first are so very high. I will just wait for that smartphone to become affordable and I will buy one for myself.
Someone mentioned that it will be well-suited for feature phones out in the market today, and not the smartphone ones since it requires less battery to run. That's an excellent suggestion to test the market and its usability.
Hahahaha ofcos the prices have to be high my Friend especially because the power conversion of parts used to make the phone may be rare or expensive. The market will nonetheless be overfloided after some period.
It is pretty convenient to have our phones be powered by the sun. The masses will always have qualms just about anything new. I too have some. What if it storms for weeks? could we charge it via regular charging? And how do we put down our phones? Cause you know, if not all, many would just put it down anywhere: tables, park benches, etc.- how much could a solar panels endure?
A thought for the mind there. Why not jump the hurdle as we arrive on it. We will find a way how we do it really. Be it in a storm or not, we shall charge the phone.
You are right. There could be some problems. But, I still think that it's good in the future, because we can save electricity and lessen our bill. Though it could be pricey, but I still think it's definitely worth it.
Well that really is helpful if we could lessen our bill on electricity. But here is the question: Just how tough is that solar panel? Have you seen the phone? you could locate the solar panel at the back of the phone itself. What if by constantly putting down our phone, the solar panel breaks? Or if by putting it in our bags, the solar panel breaks? What if it is an open damage? then you would have a phone with an open back.
If we come to think of it, you might not be able to save much if you would have maintenance problem every now and then.
In the long run, I think it will be. For now, we might not appreciate it because it is would be very expensive. The parts for the solar panel would be in demand. But I'm sure it would also come down in the future.
There is merit in your thoughts but I would still doubt it. Solar panels and solar tech has been around for ages now. But why hasn't humanity adapted to it, developing it into a more efficient tech? It is not as if they can't because on this age almost every technology is advancing. It is because the well established electric companies are preventing their advancement that might lead to their dethronement in the manipulation of power. This is true to all businesses. Apple once lead the innovations of mobile phones and this lead to thousands of enthusiasts. But apple has lost its touch and identity, and are losing well on Samsung and other rising brands. If these brands won't follow their trend then there won't be masses to support this innovation. Without the masses there won't be much demand, which of course will not need a lot of supply and thus low manufacturing. In short, the materials won't be priced down as they would still be limited. On a foresight a handful of Apple's loyal enthusiasts will support this product. Where then would you expect to get maintenance for this kind of phone? Well to their own support. And boy do feed backs of apple's very own customers scare you. And yet to think that you would buy a very high end phone with a very high end specs and materials for a very high end maintenance service.But then again this is just my opinion and speculations. Still, I think I am fine with wireless charging, thank you.
I think that's a big part of why solar phones haven't been rolled out everywhere yet. There are a lot of factors that I imagine would impact their use and that's something to consider!
There are some regions of the world for instance that get minimal sunlight in the winter months (think like Arctic circle countries). Wonder what they would do!
Yep. This can also be a problem. I hope we can still switch to regular charging. As for the solar panels, well, it remains to be seen. People are really smart, I'm sure they have already figured this out or they are now looking into this. I am also one of those people who put my phone anywhere.
It is a very good innovation especially nowadays that we really need to conserve energy. The only problem I see is the performance of this feature will vary from country to country. I mean we have different climate then the weather is sometimes unpredictable. Can they assure us that the performance of this feature will always be on its fullest no matter how cloudy it is or such occasions where sunlight is not available?
Like at the south or north pole! How will charging be there? In my country we have no problem with the sun. We are on the equator
I also thought about that too. But I guess it'll act like a powerbank that when there is sunlight, the phone will charge itself but when the climate change, it could still be charged using a regular outlet. Just like electronic calculator that has their own solar battery panel.
Given that you can already buy solar battery charging packs for your phone, I wouldn't doubt that the next step would be solar powered phones entirely. Like previously mentioned about the lack of sun, I don't think that would the only issue as other problems could arise with the lowering of the price to make it more affordable for others. You listed the current going price as $4.5k which is quite frankly insane. That's too high of a price given how prevalent and easy to make solar panels now are.
Since it is a new innovation, the price may be high to start with but soon it will go down. It will reach a time when every country will be making them and the price will go down. Yet $4500 is too much a price. Did he quote right?
You can buy a solar battery pack charger for $30 right now. $4500 is absolutely insane but given that he listed it as a iPhone X Telsa product, I'm almost not at all surpised that it's that expensive.
The price is exorbitant. There must be some subsidizing somewhere. iPhone or not but that price is too big.
Personally, I think it's part of the attempt to make renewable energies seem like an expensive, unusuable alternative to nonrenewable energies. It's really quite cheap now to get solar panels, and depending on the company you use, you can even get them for free through certain contracts. This phone is just a straight up publicity stunt.
I think it is a good idea to have a solar smartphone because we can save some time and electricity from recharging our smartphones. It is a very good innovation that we will be witnessing on mobile phones and I am really excited about it. I know that it might be too costly at the beginning but if it is already popular and common then it would surely be affordable already.
I thought thete was a time when there was some silar phones but I do not know what happened and they stopped producing. I thought thetr was some oroblem. During that time there were no smartphones
I do remember some news way back when there were only basic phones and smartphones weren't invented yet. There was a company back then producing solar phones, but I guess it didn't go mainstream and it closed shop. I do think that everything should be powered by solar energy nowadays. But, I guess that the powers that be is still exhausting fossil fuel that's why they're hindering the development of solar power tech.
I was not dreaming then. There was such a phone and it was damnly cheap. It is unfortunate the company went under.
A wonderful move by this Russian company. The era for solar power is here with us. After all, it is user-friendly and easy to manage. No hustle of being near electricity all the time.
I do hope it takes off eventually once they iron out any potential issues. I think it could be great if they work out how to mitigate problems like countries with limited sunlight hours in the winter months.
This is a very great idea. But, I guess, it would be oh so ricey. However, we definitely could have it in the future. When the competition is tough with the manufacturing companies. Perhaps they'd be doing their best to give the best deals to the buyers.
The cost would be one of my main questions. I also wonder if major cell phone companies would embrace the technology and offer it on plans where you could pay off the phone over time, or it’d be something you’d need to buy outright.
I think how successful this turns out to be will depend on how well the first models do. That said, you can't overlook the many benefits of having a solar powered phone: longer battery hours, no bother to carry along chargers, and of course the benefits towards our ecosystem. The prices might be huge now, but I think they will end up dropping with time as they gain more users.
It is going to depend on how the first models work out actually as there is definitely going to be risk that comes up with it. I honestly wish that it is work fine as that is good for the whole thing that we talk about technological advancements.
I agree with you. Of course, they will go to that stage. But, I'm afraid it would be very expensive when it's released.
it is great to see technology getting better as this type of phone will bring to an end the cases of power outage affecting the way that we charge our phones. So, this is a nice move and I hope that it brings better solar powered phones to our world as well.
I think it will not make obsolete the use of chargers but only to aid phones nowadays to have extended battery life. But you may be right, in the future, we might not need those chargers after all, but currently, it's still a long shot.
It's possible. Technology has been known to evolve. We might suddenly find ourselves in a solar powered era of inventions. Just like how mobile phones transitioned to smartphones.
You have a great point. It would become a trend in the future. I'm sure of that too.
It would be a thumbs up for me even if they start with solar powered basic phones. Since Smartphones needs a lot of power, why not start with basic phones, it's more feasible and the phone's price would be less expensive and more affordable.
I'm sure power/electric producer and distributor companies will go against it and will not make that happen. Petrol mining companies in the middle east too. Over there, they're not a big fan of electric cars. Unless they also get a share of the profits of the technology.
Well, I think that this is a great idea. Using solar power to generate our phone something that we can do to help mother Earth. Truly, technology has advanced so far as we can see today. I still think that more and more technologies are going to be developed soon.
It's a great idea not just to have better phone charging option or just another phone feature but the good thing about it is it will lessen our consumption of regular home electricity and we coukd take advantage of our environment without damaging it. This could also be a step to slowly decrease the use of electricity from fossil fuel power plants that are great contributir to air pollution which causes climate change and has bad effects in our environment. It would be great if we can switch to all natural way of producing electricity.
That should have been the case 2 decades ago but sadly big business is not too keen to let clean renewable energy to be used by the masses because there's big money in fossil fuel and electricity. But we do have the tech to be off the grid.
I think it is a huge help to everyone if they implemented it all over the world. It is a brilliant idea that people should enjoy too. I believe that having solar power for smartphone will decrease the consumption of electricity of every households.
I agree with you. The solar-powered smartphones may cost a lot, but it will definitely be worth it, as people can save electricity.
In the country wherein the electricity bill is too expensive, this one is appropriate and significant to implement.
its true its way really expensive at first but it will save you more money the next time you realised. No worries anymore if you get low battery even you're outside the house or forgot your charger or power bank at home. Its best to countries that experience sunlight everyday. Im just worried to countries where the sun never rises and this is no help for them. I guess they just need to remind theirselves everyday bring their chargers at all times.
That was something I'd been thinking of too. Some countries are limited in their amount of daylight hours in the winter months, for instance. I don't know how effective it would be there. I'm sure you'd have to somehow incorporate both solar and electric charging to ensure a continuous power source.
Interesting! I like the idea of clean energy sources and here in my country solar panels are actually gaining quite a bit of popularity to help power appliances instead of using electricity.
I don't know how long it would take until we saw more phones incorporate this technology but I think it's pretty cool and forward thinking.
Well... that would be great. Solar powered Smartphone sounds like a fun idea, but not very practical, at least with the current technology and the way their swallow energy fast. But also, imagine the cost of it...? And what about people who don't have a lot of sun in their area? In my country there's sun only for like a few months.
That's been the thing I've been wondering about too. Imagine living in the Arctic Circle...it'd be fine in the summer months but I have no clue how it would be functional in winter when you're faced with only a few hours of sunlight each day.
If this is so then sign me up for one. I think this is really convenient considering how much electricity we use up daily charging our phones and other gadgets. This is quite useful and I'm honestly excited for this. But I'm guessing it'll be more expensive than battery powered ones which is going to be the downside.
I think if it does come out as a major market release it'll be expensive to start with, but I think over time they'll refine the technology and it'll be more affordable. I would like to see a few people using solar powered phones before I'd invest in one myself, though!
I have to agree with you there. It would be nice to have a lot of people use one first before purchasing but I'm willing to be a test dummy for this one, LOL! I just think it's a great idea having solar powered phones.
To hold up with technology one has to innovate and for innovation ,one has to make investments and for funding one needs cash. One can't say for a product i might simply pay the cash needed to buy the material and can be labor fee.
I think this would be a great idea. But do you they keep theyre features?? I mean do you think the power of the sun can last that long and will it be still effective when then charge run low. Or like the solar power calculator will it be blurry when the battery is low. Just thinking.
I honestly like this idea, but I am sure that phones like that are really expensive, since converting solar energy into reusable energy is not that easy.
Solar powered cellphones don't excite me much. Dependence on weather is the biggest drawback. Also, how would you charge your mobile? By keeping it out in the sun? Also, it would drain faster I guess. Traditional Lithium Ion batteries are the best and also are resistant to moderate amount of heat. In case of areas with continuous monsoon, snow this idea would be of no use.
Where I live gets a lot of snow in the winter months and it's pretty gloomy - the sun also sets quite early in the day since we're surrounded by mountains. I don't know how well it'd work here and that to me would be one of the biggest drawbacks of that kind of technology. I'm sure it would be great if you lived somewhere with constant sunshiney days, though!
I am thinking that in the future we can already have some solar powered smartphones that we can used to aside from the traditional smartphones that we have now which is very dependent on electricity to run well. It might be expensive at some pint if it will come out in the market but I think it would always worth the price because we can save a lot more from expenses from charging it to electricity.
Solar power is slowly becoming stronger than it was a few years ago. However, it will never dominate any market due to its machinations. 'Solar' refers to something or anything that is powered by the sun. This may work for some items or products, but people are attached at the hip to their mobile devices. There's no way they'll take a chance in having their phone not work at all because there's no sun (nighttime for example) or the sun is being blocked out on a cloudy day. That's why as interesting an idea as solar powered smartphones are, they're too flawed to become top of the market.
Yes, I see your point and the fact that it depends on your location and season, because there are seasons and locations in the globe that rarely has sun, or short day.
I do not think that solar smartphones can ever make it. There are a lot of cities that don't see the son for a month (like London UK), and the thing is that you have to have sun to use your phones. This idea is practical but it could never make it.
You have point, just like Alaska, they are not going to see the sun for a while. So it still depends on where you are located, it is great if you are in tropical country.
Agree. I think if you live in the tropics or an island location, you could make use of a solar smartphone for most of your life. But for people in places like Canada where winter's are very rough and they see a lot of snow, or certain American states like Montana where it's cloudy very often, it just wouldn't suffice.
I personally dont like the concept of it. Too small, too little, not going to work. I've much larger modern solar chargers and they need a lot of sun to be any where near efficient. That tiny little thing, is close to useless.
Is that so? I don't know much about solar panels and stuff, so it's good that my knowledge has added.
Yeah, my thoughts exactly. It sounds fun, but it's also going to be very expensive. We thought of buying solar batteries for house in order to have our own nongovernmental electricity, but eventually we calculated that buying those batteries and accumulators is just a lot more expensive than paying our bills to the government. I'm sure same will be with the phones. It just doesn't sound efficient to rely on the sun energy.
I think making phones tinier would be a good thing actually. iPhones for example have gotten huge since they first hit the market years ago. It's just the solar part that is too unreliable.
I mean technically, solar powered phones have already existed in some form. I actually own a solar powered battery pack/charger. It’s a battery pack that comes with foldable solar panels, and when fully charged can be used to charge your phone on the go. I think it’s a neat little piece of technology that comes in handy when you’re camping or just out and about.
Having that sort of feature integrated into a phone would be pretty fantastic, but I’d only rely on it as a backup for now. Solar power technology still isn’t as efficient as it needs to be in order to solely rely on it. Thankfully it’s getting there, though.
It is good to have a solar mobile phone because it is very Eco friendly since it mostly it gets energy to the environment through the sun which is the primary source of its operation. I find the solar mobile phone to be a very unique and useful idea for those places that don't have an electricity and I think that would be the answer for their problems because they can now enjoy using a mobile phone even without the need to recharge it through electricity.
I have seen solar powered device that can charge your smartphone, however, I have never heard of a smartphone that will be charged with solar power itself. The device I am talking charges the inbuilt battery through sunlight. When the batter is charged up, you can charge other devices like smartphone for instance.
This smartphone comes with an inbuilt solar. Quite an innovative creation. Technology is advancing. This gadget will be handy in remote places where there is no electricity.
You're right, it would really be handy in emergency cases and natural calamities like earthquakes and strong typhoons which can cause long periods of power outages.
Honestly, having a smartphone which gets charged up automatically with the help of sunlight will be a big relief. Remembering to charge your phone regularly is always somewhat difficult and many a time the battery becomes empty whenever you are doing some very important work. Having a solar powered phone will definitely reduce your worries and make it very easy. However, I hope that these phones which are charged with the help of sunlight don't lose there charging quickly. I will go for a solar charged phone as soon as it is available in my country.
I do agree and just to make it affordable why not start with solar powered Basic Phones which has smaller batteries which makes it more feasible to charge it via solar power.
Imagine this, if solar batteries are very expensive (they must have an accumulator too), then how expensive would be a Smartphone, which are already known to be costy. Moreover, in case something breaks on the solar powered Smartphone, then it would probably cost a fortune to fix it.
It is a remarkable invention.Lacking power connection should not mean lacking a smartphone.It will come handy in areas without power connection or areas that experience constant power interruption.
Yes, or for those travelers who usually go to places without an electricity source and solely relies on power banks to charge their devices. This one is an excellent alternative to solve those problems.
Not very sure it will be a Solar power evolution everywhere, but I'm from a tropical country where we have sunny days almost the whole year, so that would be a success around here. At least I will buy one for sure. Imagine not to depend on having a charger with you all the time, but instead just put your cell phone in a sunny area so it can get charged. That's the one that I want to have right now.
@ballyhara I also would critique the wisdom of people having to place all of their solar phones in one area to charge them up. It would be a literal "smorgasburg" for thieves.
Well honestly, I have to agree with you. When it comes to delinquency, it will be easier for thieves to look for a charge zone and steal a whole bunch of phones. Thieves will always find a way to take advantage on our innocence, and that would be a great way to do their thing. Dang it!.
I think that the only problem that we will be facing from having a solar smartphone is the ability to fixed any problems or errors that may arise in the device since we all know that all gadgets have the tendency to have some problems later on as it gets older. These would be one of the challenges that solar smartphones would be facing if ever it will be available in the future for people's use. I think these problems should be address accordingly so that people will be attracted from using it and to have a sort of satisfaction also.
I hope that this solar power revolution will become a reality today. I hope to see little solar panels that can generate a lot of power.
Solar panels that can generate a lot of power are already there. I have seen some, although you need to connect them.
The next revolution, wow, the potential this holds is mind buggling. I love for it to be the next phase in the advancement of the internet
Solar power revolution started sometime back on most devices. Well, I have seen phones, although some are not smartphones, and YES I advocate for solar power.
I don't think so. Most of the solar powered power banks stop working due to the heat of the sun. They work yes but electronic devices need cooling too. I doubt they can invent something to combat the heat of the sun while charging your smartphone. Liquid cooling have been integrated in smartphones that cost $1000 (Note 9) but even then it's just cooling the phone while gaming. The heat of the sun is greater. They'd have to put at least a PC grade cooling system and I doubt it would fit inside a smartphone.
Yes I am also hoping to have more solar powered products not just smartphones because I know that technologies can expand more which is something that I want to see and experience in the future. We need to invent something that can give us a reliable source of energy with the help of these solar panels.
I am excited to see this latest development in the smartphone. I hope more discoveries can be made to make our lives better and comfortable.
Solar powered smart phone will be a game changer to the smartphone industry. it will be the most convenient and using your cellphone makes it easy. You don't need those cable wires and find a socket when your battery is in danger. You don't need to buy new cables if lost or broke one. Although it will be so expensive and not everyone can afford those kind pf smartphone, but then it will be your wise choice in the end.
Man it would be so amazing to have solar smartphones, but not fully just a solar smartphones, I just want a normal phone that supports a solar power, it would be so amazing to just lay our phones outside and let the sun fully charge it, it would be so cool, I'm excited and I hope someone would implement it.
Me too. It sounds like a dream come true. I think we've all been thinking about it for some time now. I remember back then about solar power and how it would be cool to own stuff with that. Things are surely moving fast.
That was a great development in smartphones technology. Engineer and developer did a great job in using natural sources of power like solar to charge our phones. I can say that it was the start of new era in smartphones and other technologies.
That's so true. I feel like we're nearing an evolution in terms of technology. Everything's changing for the better. Imagine how great it would be to have everyday objects powered by the sun. That could really save us a lot of money.
The only thing I worry about is the price tag alone would more than be enough to pay a lifetime's worth of electricity bill for charging your phone. Nonetheless, It's cool, money aside.
Yeah. I agree. A lot of these new inventions look great in theory. But in terms of practicality, we probably can't afford it. I guess that's the point. At least, we get to see what possibly awaits us in the future development of technology.
Exactly. I guess for now it's not really about making use of it but letting people know that it is possible. Like I said, in time when those hardware components drop in price, it will be mass produced, and I'm sure the consumer market will follow.
Solar Powered smartphone: it is really possible, another evolution and invention. I think it is more convenient and we can also save more in terms of money in paying our electric bill. If it wiol be launch here in market it is surely expensive but it may also go down after some months.
I'm also amazed by how intelligent people have become. We now get so many inventions in a relatively short amount of time. It seems that scientists and inventors are leveling up in terms of production. It's kind of like the solar powered houses they've built.
I think that solar smartphones would be a new trend in the coming years as people would be curious about it. It is a very good option for those people who want to try a new alternative in mobile device experience.
Although it sounds like a fun idea and a great innovation, I think it's highly impractical. Imagine the cost of such cellphone. And what if it will run out of sun energy?
I think that having a solar powered smart phone might be very expensive especially when it is very new in the market. I think that people should make a huge budget for it if they want to have it in the future since I know that manufacturers would make a reasonable price for it as it would be a very unique innovation in the future.