Monday, 16 February 2009

Solar-Powered Mobile Phones

According to PC World in the US, both LG and Samsung will this week unveil prototype mobile phones that are (partly) recharged by solar panels built into the case.

Samsung's phone is called Blue Earth and its environmental credentials also include being made from recycled plastic with no harmful chemicals such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs), Beryllium and phthalates. There's not much information on LG's offering, except that, as with the Samsung model, the solar cells occupy most of the rear of the phone's case.

However, the solar panels in the two phones don't actually provide enough power to run the phone, they just help recharge conventional batteries.

There's no date yet for either phone becoming commercially available.

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