Samsung Electronics has launched a smartphone, two tablets and a netbook in Africa.

The NC215S netbook has a built-in solar panel for Africans still unconnected to the national grid and those facing unstable power supplies. The Samsung S11 smartphone uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), while Samsung said that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 are the thinnest tablets, measuring 8.6 millimeters. The smartphone includes access to Samsung's new content and management hubs for access to games, e-reading and social networking services.

The 10-inch NC215S netbook when fully charged has a battery life up to 14 hours. In areas where there is not power from the national grid, two hours of exposure to the sun will deliver one hour of computing. The netbook has an Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a choice of 250GB or 320GB hard drive. It has an LCD screen, 1024-by-600 pixel display, SD card slot, Ethernet, webcam and Bluetooth connectivity with USB port.

Africa's economic outlook is promising and Samsung will take advantage of that, Chabala Kaunda, Samsung's Zambia country manager, said at the Aug. 19 product launch.

An improved communications infrastructure including 3G networks has left millions of people in Africa scrambling for data-enabled phones. With Africa's economy projected to grow between 5 percent to 10 percent every year, Kaunda said that trade in Africa will be boosted.