Xiaomi patents solar-panel equipped smartphone

It’s not a completely unique idea but there aren’t any mainstream companies who have thought of this lately. However, according to the LetsGoDigital website, Xiaomi has patented a smartphone design which has an integrated solar panel in the back. The design appears to be sleek and slim, featuring an edge-to-edge screen despite the solar pnael module at the back. There’s also no place where we can see a front camera which leads us to believe it might get an under-screen camera paired with an under-screen fingerprint sensor.

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Of course, the idea of a solar-powered smartphone sounds appealing; but it may be a
complicated project. LG launched a solar-powered charging cover in 2010, which
was not that impressive as it only provided 2 mins of talk time after 10 mins of
solar charging. The solar cell technology might have evolved with time but so did
the smartphones. A 3500mAh battery with quick charge/fast charging support
does not seem to be enough as smartphone usage is too high nowadays. Also, there’s a lot we still don’t know about the project and its current status.

So as fascinating as it sounds, an inbuilt solar-powered charging phone, might be
good for the environment but surely a challenge for Xiaomi. Would you mind having a phone with solar panels?

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  1. Kenny Honeycutt
    August 5, 2019

    I would love to have it as long as it had a charging port also. I love being outside and the sunlight would also help keep it charged so it might last longer than 8 hours. Sounds like a good idea. Charge it at night sunlight keeps it from going down…from a Pixel 3 XL owner…

  2. Kenny Honeycutt
    August 5, 2019

    Sorry for the 2nd post but just thought of something. The one issue I see is the iron the back at if someone wants to keep it charged the would have to hold it up above there head to charge it. Might be impossible to this but place the solar panels around the top edge of the phone.

  3. Zack Brown
    August 5, 2019

    Ya but Nokia did this year’s ago. How would they patent it.?I guess the Nokia patent ran dry..

  4. Christoph Stammler
    August 6, 2019

    Completely useless – it will take days of sunlight to charge a phone with this tiny solar cells.