Samsung seems to be leading the next generation high-tech mobile gadget with its new solar-powered full-touch screen phone "Blue Earth."
The eco-friendly phone, which the company said is the first of its kind, has a solar panel located on its back and its plastic encasement is made from recycled plastic called PCM extracted from water bottles. Samsung said the device and the charger do not contain brominated flame retardants, beryllium and phthalate.
It's packaging is also made from recycled paper and another cool green feature in the phone's interface is its energy-efficient mode as well as the "eco walk" function where users can count their steps with an in-built pedometer to calculate how much carbon dioxide emissions they have reduced as opposed to motor transport (pity they don't calculate public transport). The eco-walk function can also calculate the number of trees the user saved.
Samsung will showcased Blue Earth next week at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona.