Sol laptop solar panels unfolded

Talking about timing.

Just hours after we published our write up Sol, the solar-powered laptop running Ubuntu, in which I complained that little in-the-way of specifics was known, the official website was updated to add additional information.

Which, whilst a little frustrating (given we’d e-mailed the company several times over the past month asking for information) is, at least, a step in the right direction.

The sun-powered wonder will come in 2 configurations: one ‘submersible’ under water and the other not.

Both will sport the following specifications:

  • 13.3″ LCD Screen (1366×768)
  • Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Dual Core
  • Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
  • Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM (4GB available)
  • Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics
  • 8 – 10 hour battery
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • 3MP Webcam
  • Usual bunch of USB 2.0, Audio, HDMI, Ethernet & SD Card ports

For connectivity:

  • 3G/4G World/multimode LTE
  • Built-in WiFi, GPS & Bluetooth

The Solar panel will be detachable so that owners can ‘use it with an extension chord (sic) so you can work indoors while SOL charges [outdoors]’.

Pricing & Info

The devices will retail at around US$350 for the standard version, and $400 for one you can shove under water.

For more information on the device you can check out the official website @

sol solar laptop