While Kyocera isn’t exactly known to produce smartphones, it does manufacture solar equipments. At the upcoming MWC 2015 event, the company will be unveiling a smartphone that can be charged with sunlight or even artificial light.
In order to make this possible, Kyocera worked together with SunPartner who provides the necessary technology. Dubbed Wysips Crystal, it combines photovoltaic and optical technology. Impressively, it is also invisible and can be placed below the touchscreen.
Although this sounds like a pretty drool-worthy feature to have, Kyocera is merely unveiling a prototype smartphone with this feature implemented. On top of that, the prototype is based on the Kyocera Torque, a low-end smartphone that was released back in 2013.
It’s also worth noting that it is still relatively unknown just how effective this technology is. There was no mention how fast it will be able to charge the smartphone. Nonetheless, it does seem like a rather promising technology that will hopefully grow as time goes by.
SunPartner mentioned that it is planning to push this technology into other manufacturers as well, so we might actually see this feature go mainstream; that is, if more decides to pick it up. We’d learn more on Kyocera’s solar-powered smartphone prototype when MWC 2015 commences next week.
(Source: Android Authority)