Samsung Releases Solar Powered Blue Earth Phone

Korean electronics company Samsung has released its most environmentally friendly phone until now; the Blue Earth mobile phone is made up of recycled plastic, PCM, and boosts a solar panel on its back.

The device comes with a full touchscreen display and is designed as a "flat and well rounded shiny pebble" according Samsung's press department; it will be presented at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in a few days.

The use of PCM plastic, extracted from water bottles, helps cut the cost and carbon footprint associated with producing plastic. The device is also free from harmful substances usually associated with mobile phone devices.

The Blue Earth mobile is also smart enough to alter its screen brightness, backlight duration and Bluetooth operation mode according to environmental conditions.

The solar panel is efficient enough to let users make calls even when the phone's battery is flat and can be used to charged the battery in the absence of a charger.

That said, the phone appears to be miles from eco-friendly mobile phones like the Motorola Remew W233 which launched in January 2009. Apart from what seems to be a 3-inch touchscreen, it also comes with a digital camera and we guess, 3.5G connectivity.

The phone will also come with a five-star energy efficient wall charger that consumes less than 0.03w in standby. Samsung has not said whether techniques embodied by Blue Earth will be used elsewhere.

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Samsung's phone is definitely green, maybe a little too green.. Here's another extract from their press release. "Through the ‘eco walk’ function the user can count their steps with an in-built pedometer, calculating how much CO2 emissions have been reduced by walking as opposed to motor transport. This unique function allows user to calculate the value of this footprint through the number of trees that have been saved." Gadget or Gimmick, you decide.

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