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Kyocera is bringing a solar-charging smartphone to MWC

by Jacob Kleinman | February 25, 2015February 25, 2015 10:00 pm PDT

Smartphone technology keeps getting better, but the batteries that power our devices are having trouble keeping up. Sure, you could always opt for a phablet with a massive battery under the hood, but one new device may actually solve the problem once and for all.

Kyocera announced on Tuesday that it plans to show off a solar-powered version of its rugged Torque smartphone next week at Mobile World Congress, though unfortunately the device isn’t hitting the market anytime soon. This is just a prototype meant to demonstrate the new technology, though it’s still exciting nonetheless.

The solar-charging tech actually comes from French company SunPartner Technologies. It’s built-into the display, and draws energy from the sun to add battery life; it’s also super-thin, transparent and flexible.¬†You’d still need to charge the phone periodically, but if should last a lot longer than usual.

Hopefully we’ll see the same technology included in new devices moving forward, though for now we’re excited to give this solar-powered Kyocera a try.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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