South Korean electronics maker
Samsung has launched a solar powered laptop in the Kenyan market with the
capacity to run for 15 hours, nearly double the seven to eight hours lasting
power of rivals.
Korean electronics giant Samsung
has launched a solar powered laptop in the Kenyan market targeting thousands of
potential consumers currently locked out of the computer revolution by lack of
Kenya, with a large rural
population that is not connected to the national power grid, is among the few
countries Samsung picked for the global launch that began last week.
The Samsung Netbook NC215S lap
top is priced at Sh35,000 and is also targeting consumers who are connected to
the national electricity grid but suffer erratic power supply. The
solar-charged laptop is loaded with a front cover panel that captures energy
from the sun and automatically recharges the battery. When fully charged, the
lap top can run for up 15 hours – nearly double the capacity of its closest
competitors that have seven or eight hours stand-by capability.
Netbook NC 215S Samsung is demonstrating its capacity to bring to the consumers
technology that satisfies their needs and takes care of the environment”, said
Samsung Electronics East Africa Business Leader Robert Ngeru.
firm is building consumer electronics and mobile technology for sub-Sahara
Africa where it set a $10 billion revenue target by 2015. Samsung’s sub-Saharan
Africa market is currently worth $1.23 billion.
the Netbook NC 215S comes as Kenya’s four mobile telecoms firms, Safaricom,
Airtel, Telkom’s Kenya Orange and Essar’s Yu have intensified their activities
in the data market and are looking for affordable internet enabled devices such
as laptops and mobile phone handsets to expand the number of data users.
(Source: Business Daily Africa)