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World’s first solar-powered mobile phone launched

Samsung's Blue Earth to go on sale later this year

Samsung Blue Earth

Samsung Blue Earth

Samsung has announced the Samsung Blue Earth: the world’s first solar powered touchscreen mobile phone.

The Blue Earth is manufactured from recycled plastic bottles and features an eco mode, which Samsung claims saves energy by reducing the power consumption of the device’s screen and Bluetooth connection.

The mobile phone also comes with a more conventional phone charger, but Samsung claims that it uses very little power when left plugged in to the mains.

Another of the ‘green’ functions that feature on the Blue Earth is ‘Eco Walk’. This function can be used as you walk and calculates how much CO2 you have saved by not driving the same distance.

‘Green’ mobile phone

Ben Stevens, Which? researcher, said: ‘Many of the ‘green’ features on the Blue Earth might seem a little gimmicky at first, but if the ‘Eco Walk’ setting discourages people from driving so much then this is good news.’

The Blue Earth is expected to be launched in the second half of 2009.

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