Ubuntu has unveiled SOL - a solar-powered laptop that doesn’t need to be plugged in.

Developed by WeWi Telecommunications, SOL is a ruggedised and waterproof laptop designed for use in rough terrains. 

Built into the lid of the laptop are solar panels that flip out. The designers say that two hours in the sun will provide 8 to 10 hours of power.

SOL could be used for education and commerce in areas not equipped with electricity. Travellers can use it to work and stay in touch wherever they are in the world.

The laptop runs Ubuntu, an open-source operating system and alternative to Windows and Mac OS X. Unlike its rivals, Ubuntu is free to use and there are thousands of apps available online.

Available in five colour variations, inside SOL there’s a low-powered Intel D2500 processor, 2GB RAM and 320GB storage. There’s a 13.3-inch 1366x768 screen, 3G, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3-megapixel webcam.

The solar panels are detachable, enabling the laptop to be charged conventionally.

SOL is available soon priced 350 dollars (£229) or 400 dollars (£261) for a submersible version. Find out more here.