Samsung unveils solar-powered Blue Earth phone

We can prattle on all we like which Android phones we want to see at Mobile World Congress next week, but Samsung has other ideas – it’s a

We can prattle on all we like which Android phones we want to see at Mobile World Congress next week, but Samsung has other ideas – it’s announced the world’s first solar-powered touchscreen phone instead.

The Blue Earth has a solar panel on its back that boosts its charge, though by how much in relation to standard mains charging Samsung won’t say.

To ensure that it’s greener than Leonardo Di Caprio, the Blue Earth is also made from plastic that’s been recycled from plastic bottles.

As you can see, the interface is green-focused too, somewhat comically telling you how many trees you’ve saved by walking rather than driving, and there are special energy efficient modes for toning down the screen brightness, backlight and Bluetooth.

Other specs are unknown at the moment, but we’ll furnish you with more details when we meet it face-to-face at Mobile World Congress next week.

Samsung Blue Earth

Price: £TBA

On sale: Second half of 2009

Contact: Samsung