Flashback: Samsung Blue Earth and the short story of solar-powered phones

03 November 2019
Dead battery? For most phones that's the end of the road, but the Blue Earth could be charged by sunshine - a different kind of wireless charging.

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  • Jason

I love how people are complaint about climate change and probably did not pick up this environment friendly phone.

Anonymous, 03 Nov 2019How did it not overheat by the scorching temps? I'd be scared I ... moreSolar panels absorb heat as a side-effect when converting EM radiation into electricity. That's probably why.

  • q

The efficiency of solar panel got much improved as time goes by, and screen size is getting much bigger than before. Maybe they can make it much better now.

  • Anonymous

Now we have a never ending cycle of buying and throwing away perfectly working phones.

Environmental activism is just a fashion statement. Done to feel good without actually doing anything.

  • Anonymous

Those were the innovative days

  • Aadrian

Anonymous, 03 Nov 2019Oh, man, who cares for this ancient (pseudo)smartphone, stop spa... moreI like these articles, it is fun to read with a bit of nostalgia. I think a lot of people appreciate the articles whether the subjects are liked or not. I read the articles with interest, some subjects I like and some I do not, but it still is fun to read.

  • Aadrian

The Nokia 2100 was also partly made of recycled materials. The frame was made of recycled plastics.

It was a great idea from a one of the best creative company and it still give us new things ! Things that surprise us and the last one is Galaxy Fold.

[deleted post]Does it really last a week with that 12 nm Mediatek SoC and LCD display?
The battery is big for sure, but with heavy use, I don't see how it would last more than 4 days.

  • Dometalican

Anonymous, 03 Nov 2019Oh, man, who cares for this ancient (pseudo)smartphone, stop spa... moreBecause you are a freakin' hater dude. First of all, news are slow on the weekends so they fill it with trips down memory lane. Every phone is rooted from older designs and sometimes, it's cool to look back. Don't like it? Avoid this site on weekends.

Second of all, some older phones have better designs than the ones today. This one? Maybe not so much but they did do one of the Sony Ericsson and I would LOVE for a modern version of those phones.

Anonymous, 03 Nov 2019Oh, man, who cares for this ancient (pseudo)smartphone, stop spa... moreWhy not remember great piece of technologies of the past? You don't sound like a hater but a deluded hater

Kingslayer, 03 Nov 2019Interesting concept. Hideous design like those rugged phones or ... moreHideous? Ulefone has really cool looking and actual good rugged phones (despite the lack of publicity).

  • Anonymous

Oh, man, who cares for this ancient (pseudo)smartphone, stop spamming the site with such boring articles, GSMArena.
I know I sound like a hater but it's very annoying, guys. Plus you can make another column with only this kind of nostalgic news, desperately from the main news.

  • ͩ&#873

let's hope Xiaomi turns their patent into a real phone

Shadocx, 03 Nov 2019You do realize this phone came out in 2019, right?I meant 2009, I'm not used to write that year anymore.

Anonymous, 03 Nov 2019You mean 2009, right? Indeed, totally failed the year LMAO

  • Anonymous

How did it not overheat by the scorching temps? I'd be scared I would damage it if I left this charging on a hot summer day.

  • Anonymous

Shadocx, 03 Nov 2019You do realize this phone came out in 2019, right?You mean 2009, right?

Kingslayer, 03 Nov 2019Interesting concept. Hideous design like those rugged phones or ... moreYou do realize this phone came out in 2019, right?

Interesting concept. Hideous design like those rugged phones or pre-Xperia Z water/dust resistant phones. The fact it needs to be charged by the sun for a hour to make a 10 minute call is laughable.