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Green smartphone uses recycled hardware

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 15:20:40

There is a lot of talk about mobile phone recycling and the benefits of selling your old mobile phone, to do your bit for the environment, but many people are unaware of the green credentials of the handset which they actually buy new.

You may of course pick up a second hand mobile, but you may not have considered purchasing a device which is expressly built from recycled components.

This is precisely what manufacturer Pantech has achieved with its new device, appropriately named the Renue.

This phone, which is currently on sale in the USA, is made up of at least 67 per cent recycled components.

It is arguably not a fully fledged smartphone, at least not in the mainstream sense, since it uses the little known Brew operating system, from chip manufacturer, Qualcomm.

However, it does have plenty of decent features, including a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, a slide out full QWERTY keypad for fast typing and a decent three megapixel camera on the rear.

You can browse the web, shoot video and even enjoy satellite navigation capabilities. However, the one issue is that the phone will not have as broad a stable of downloadable apps as it might if it was running Android, rather than Brew.

While the core audience for the Renue is likely to be people who want to purchase a particularly green smartphone, it will also appeal to those who want to save money, because it is being offered at a very affordable price point to American customers.

Hopefully, this handset will launch in the UK, or another manufacturer will at least attempt to create a smartphone which is built from a similar proportion of recycled components, in order to improve the market's sustainability and lessen its annual carbon footprint.




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