Going ahead with its GreenHeart effort, Sony Ericsson has unveiled two new mobile phones, Elm and Hazel. Both phones have environment credentials in a better league than most others, and best of all, there’s not much of sacrifice of function for form.
At a simple glance, these phones may pass over as any other mobile phone, which is a good thing because inconvenient designs in the name of environment would obviously be to tough to sell.
Environmental friendliness for these phones mostly comes from being made of recycled plastic and painted in a waterborne paint; the phones are also free from hazardous chemicals. The user manual is put inside the phone rather than on paper, and their chargers work more efficiently than conventional ones. Packaging for the phones will also be minimized.
An interesting feature is the Walk Mate application. The app shows users a way to walk to the destination, rather than drive. A calculator shows the amount of CO2 saved by walking. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera, media player and up to 10 hours of talktime. The phones could be available in the second quarter of 2010.