Micromax which takes its business very seriously now plans to launch a mobile phone which could be solar-powered. We all know what that means. No more looking for the nearest power outlet. You might still have to look-out for the sun but the phone could do wonders in areas where even power outlets are rare.
Micromax’s phone whenever it will be launched will be able to fully power-up in 3 hours to support 1.5 hours of talk time. Rahul Sharma, Micromax co-founder want to eliminate charger altogether :
Our next innovation is to get rid of the mobile phone charger by including a solar panel in our next phone.
Elimination of mobile charger with this phone might not happen as Mr Sharma hopes, but it is one step closer and a step in the right direction. Micromax’s innovations are little different. Its innovations are need based and are not market-driven. It also doesn’t fall in the new-age trap of “Customers don’t know what they really want”.
Be it the longer-running phones or dual SIM phones, Micromax has always addressed the market needs. Micromax Solar phone will be no different.
Solar power has this strange charm to it. Everybody wants to tap it but no one is being successful at it. Micromax’s solar theme isn’t something new. We have seen quite a few already. Umeox Apollo, Bharat Electronics tablet, and iSlate (solar powered tablet PC). But most of them remains to be projects which lack mass adoption.
As for powering the mobile device, we have seen the concept of wireless charging which is a little hi-fi. Then there was talk and charge and more practical hand-powered charger. None of these are mainstream.
Would Micromax’s solar phone change that?