SOL is a definitely interesting project, presenting itself as a solar-powered family of laptops rooted in low prices and exciting capabilities.
Basically, SOL is a solar-based laptop shipping with Ubuntu, designed in mind with multiple usage-scenarios, ranging from electrical energy unavailability to remote areas, trips in isolated forests, etc, essentially, being handy in places where energy can't be accessed or purchased.
Yet, the solar Ubuntu laptop can also be used by regular users in regular places due to its affordable price and decent specs, price and hardware properly paired with Ubuntu, therefore, resulting a powerful mix purchasable for less than $400.
As specs, SOL features:
- CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
- HDD: Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB
- RAM: Kingston 2-4GB DDRIII SDRAM
- graphics: 1080p HD Vide, Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics
- battery operating time: 8 - 10 hours
- weight: 5.02 lbs
- display: 13.3" LCD, WXGA, 1366 x 768
- camera: 3MP
- audio: Realtek ALC661 HD Audio, Built-in 2 Speakers | Internal mic + 1/8” input
- 3 USB2.0, Headphone jack, HDMI, LAN(10/100), Card reader (SD/MS/MMC)
- modem: 3G/4G World/multimode LTE
- GPS: gpsOne Gen8A
- WiFi: MIMO 802.11b/gn (2.4/5GHz)
- Bluetooth: Integrated Digital Core BT4.0
SOL features several flavors, differentiating itself with good-looking shapes, own identity and bold patterns, aspects filtered through multiple colors, including dark, gray, green, red; the result: an elegant mobile machine.
David Snir, a SOL developer, has just shared on Google+ the imminent availability of SOL (worldwide): "we're getting closer to the worldwide release (December 2013)", letting users to know that December 2013 is to make the Ubuntu-powered SOL laptop available across the world.
As prices, the SOL laptops will cycle between $350 and $400 with additional amounts of dollars necessary for taxes (country dependent).