Not to be outdone by Samsung’s Blue Earth and ZTE’s Coral-200, LG recently unveiled its own solar-powered concept cell phone at the Wold Mobile Conference in Barcelona. The prototype, which features a solar-powered battery built right into the back cover, will be able to generate enough energy for 3 minutes worth of talk time for every 10 minutes of sun it soaks in. If left in natural light for longer periods of time, the battery will be able to power the phone for longer periods of time, eliminating or reducing the need for a conventional charger.
In terms of design, the LG handset seems to still be in its earliest stages (the mobile giant has yet to come up with a name for its eco-conscious creation). While Samsung has integrated green innovation into several aspects of the Blue Earth such as a CO2 emissions calculator and a body made out of recycled water bottles, LG has not released any details about the other specific sustainable features of their solar phone. However, as part of its “Life’s Good When It’s Green” initiative, the cutting-edge electronics company has announced its commitment to packaging its products in eco-friendly boxes printed with soy inks, using recycled paper and cardboard without laminate coating, and making its mobile handsets free of halogenated substances by removing Brominated flame retardants (BFR), chlorinated flame retardants (CFR) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from the manufacturing process by 2010.
Want to safely use your solar-powered cell phone while driving in your Nissan Altima Hybrid? No worries. LG has also come up with the HFB-500 Bluetooth solar car kit which gives customers hands-free mobile use in a fully rechargeable solar unit.