Samsung introduced the eco-friendly Blue Earth phone at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona. It’s the first full touch-screen phone to be able to run on solar power and besides efficient energy usage and eco-friendly packaging it’s made of PCM, a recycled plastic material extracted from water bottles, helping to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions in the manufacturing process.
A built-in pedometer allows the user to keep track of how much CO2 emissions earth has been spent by walking instead of motor transport.
Porsche Design just announced the follow-up to P’9521, a quad-band cell phone milled from a single solid block of aluminum and a single sheet of scratchproof glass.
Besides the black and brushed appearance the P’9522 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2.8" AM OLED display, fingerprint sensor and a five megapixel still/video camera with flash and digital zoom.
Official site: www.mobileporschedesign.com
Samsung F480 (a.k.a Touchwiz) is about to be launched in Europe. This slim iPhone alternative features a touch screen with a drag-and-drop interface that can be customised and personalised through widgets. Other than that it sports HSDPA, a 11.6mm thin body, 240MB internal memory with support for up to 8GB micro SD cards, FM-radio, USB 2.0 connectivity and a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, image stabilizer as well as both face and smile detection.
The F480 will be available in European stores as of June.
Here’s 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte, two new 3G designer phones from Nokia. The brown/coffee Sapphire Arte sports a sapphire navigation button and fine leather details from East India and the slightly cheaper Nokia 8800 Arte is all black. Both models feature a soundtrack by Kruder & Dorfmeister, graphical visualizations by Fritz Fitzke, OLED-displays, a 3.2 megapixel camera, micro-USB and an odd feature; knock twice on them lightly to light up the display and clock.
Nokia 8800 Arte will be available for purchase during Q4 2007 (est. price 1000 Euro) while the 8800 Sapphire Arte will be launched in Q1 2008 for about 1150 Euro.
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Here’s the 3 Skypephone by 3 and Skype. Besides standard cell phone features like a 2 megapixel camera, mp3 player, mobile TV, Java/3D games, USB + Bluetooth connectivity and web surfing this handset offers complete Skype integration. That means free Skype calls and instant messaging wherever you might go, as long as you have access to 3’s internet services.
It’ll be available in glossy black and white with blue and pink trim and will be launched sometime before christmas in the UK, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden.
3skypephone.com (Official Site)
Three.co.uk: Skypephone (Preorder, Â£49.99)
Skype: Press release
Porsche and Hummer has their own cell phones, so why not Audi? Here’s the Audi Mobile Device, presented as part of the future A1 model (Metroproject Quattro).
This Wi-Fi and touch-screen enabled device docks nicely in your vehicle and functions not only as a 3G UMTS cell phone but also as a navigation unit, audio/video player, remote control and authorization system for your car. Cold day outside? Why not connect to your car while having your morning coffee in the kitchen and tell it to turn on the heating system and it’ll be nice and toasty for you when its time to go.
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