In a pioneering move Samsung Electronics’ Nairobi office has confirmed the launch of the solar-powered Samsung Netbook NC215S laptop to the Kenyan market as part of a global launch that kicked off in key African markets last week.
Kenya is among the pioneer launch markets selected by Samsung and the world’s first solar powered laptop.
Speaking in Nairobi, Samsung Electronics East Africa Business Leader Robert Ngeru confirmed the availability of the solar powered 10.1 inch netbook in Kenya was part of the ongoing Samsung Built for Africa campaign.
Ngeru explained that the netbook’s features are eye-catching and intelligent, with a large front solar panel located on the cover of the netbook.
The Netbook also features an ultra-portable and stylish design, weighing just 1.3kg with a slim display rim that’s as thin as a finger. The netbook will be available across the firm’s local dealer network.
The laptop is loaded with a front cover panel that captures energy from the sun and allows the user to recharge the battery automatically and without cost.
“The Samsung Netbook NC 215S is an aggregation of Samsung’s diverse forward thinking technologies and it satisfies the needs of global market consumers by integrating environmentally-friendly green IT technology,” Ngeru said.
“Using about two hours of bright midday sun, the user can charge the battery life by one hour with a fully charged battery lasting up to 14 hours of usage, and the battery can be charged up to 1 000 times over 3 years,” he added.
Samsung NC215S solar netbook has a great edge over other netbooks available on the market due to its 14,5 hours stand-by capability as compared to other netbooks which have 7 or 8 hours stand-by capability.
The unveiling of the Samsung Netbook NC 215S comes just months after it was showcased at the Samsung Africa Forum event in Nairobi last May.
During the electronics exhibition, the Samsung NC 215S attracted the attention of the public given the limited electricity availability in much of Africa.
And following its African launch, the netbook is also set to be launched in Russia, the US, Europe and South Korea before the end of this month.
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 a power-saving mode.