Samsung also announced two new handsets, from its new “green” lineup. The W510 and F268 are both made from bio-plastic, which is produced from corn.
Samsung said the W510 is its first bio-plastic handset; it comes with a water-soluble coating and is heavy metal free — no lead, mercury or cadmium were used in its production. The F268 is also made from the corn-based plastic and is Energy Star compliant, including an alarm to alert users when the battery is fully charged. Along with being made from the lower impact plastic, the F268 does not contain PVC or BFRs (brominated flame retardant).
Samsung said it plans to expand its eco-friendly initiatives including more nature-friendly packaging and charger alarms. The company also said it plans to stop using PVC and BFRs by 2010 in all handsets globally.
The W510 is expected to launch in Korea sometime this month, while the F268 will be available in China around the same time.