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By Samuel R. Avro on Feb 15, 2009 with no responses

Samsung Set to Unveil ‘Blue Earth’ Solar-Powered Phone

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The 'Blue Earth' solar phone will have an eco function which will calculate how much one can cut down on CO2 emissions.

Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they will be unveiling an innovative solar powered full-touch screen mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress 2009 which begins tomorrow in Barcelona, Spain.

Designed to symbolize a flat and well rounded shiny pebble, Blue Earth is the first solar-powered full-touch screen phone. By charging with the solar panel located on the back of the phone, users can generate enough electronic power to call anytime anywhere, the company said in a press release.

“Samsung’s ‘The Blue Earth Dream’ demonstrates our small but meaningful commitments for the future and our environment,” said Mr. JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Communication Division of Samsung Electronics. “We are committed to achieving the highest eco-status with our customers and business partners by providing the best eco-products and promoting eco-activities.”

The phone will come with a unique interface designed to bring awareness to the impact one can have on the environment.

Simple to set screen brightness, backlight duration and Bluetooth to an energy-efficient mode, this new user interface allows the user to be energy-efficient with just one click of ’Eco mode’.

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.

To further point out how environmentally-friendly the phone actually is, the company said that it was made from recycled plastic called PCM, which is extracted from water bottles, helping to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions in the manufacturing process.

Samsung said they will also encourage its customers to recycle handsets at a growing number of special take-back points worldwide.