BARCELONA, Spain--Umeox's new Apollo smartphone laughs in the face of low battery life. Well, it does as long as you don't take it to a place where it's perpetually overcast. The newly announced Android handset has its own built-in solar charger, to keep it juiced with the sun's rays as you go through the day.
Not heard of Umeox? That might not be surprising: The Chinese firm tends to sell its phones through operators around the world rather than under its own name. That's likely to be the plan with the Apollo, so expect it to have a different name if and when it comes to the U.S.
The phone runs Google's Android OS, and has a 3.2-inch display. There's 1GB of flash memory inside, as well as a 3-megapixel camera. The device measures about 4.3 inches by 2.3 inches by a little over half an inch, and has a cheery red design, although presumably that's up for changing according to whatever operators prefer when selling the Apollo.
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