Samsung unveils solar-powered phone

16 February 2009 — 4:00 PM

A mobile phone powered completely by the sun has been unveiled by Samsung at a global technology event.

Named Blue Earth and made from a type of recycled plastic, it is charged via a solar panel on the back of the handset.

Samsung explained how the interface is also aimed at encouraging eco-friendly living.

The Eco Mode enables users to calculate their carbon footprint as well as count the number of steps they have walked in a given period. Bluetooth capabilities, screen brightness and the backlight also have energy-efficient modes, the manufacturer added.

"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," remarked JK Shin, Samsung Electronics' executive vice-president and head of its mobile communication division.

The mobile phone made its debut at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, which is currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain. The event runs until February 19th.

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