Sony Ericsson Elm, Hazel eco friendly phones launched

Monday, December 14, 2009, 21:22 by Tech Correspondent

Sony Ericsson Elm, an eco-friendly mobile phone from Sony Ericsson was launched today. Sony Ericsson also announced the launch of the Hazel, more compact and slider version of the Sony Ericsson Elm.

Photo: Sony Ericsson Elm eco friendly mobile phone

Photo: Sony Ericsson Elm eco friendly mobile phone

Both the Elm and the Hazel are part of the company’s GreenHeart range, a series of eco-friendly phones.

The Sony Ericsson Elm is a GSM phone, which means in India it can be used with the Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Tata DoCoMo, BSNL and MTNL. The Elm is a 3G phone, working in the UMTS band. 3G phones can carry data faster than conventional 2G phones.

The Sony Ericsson Elm has a weight of 90 grams, and is available in Metal Black and Pearly Rose colors. The screen is 262,144 colour TFT, and has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. This is not a touchscreen, and has a screen size of 2.2 inches. The Sony Ericsson Elm memory card has a phone memory of up to 280MB.

The Elm has a talk time of up to 10 hrs with a standby time of up to 430 hours, Sony Ericsson claimed. There is also video talk time up to 3 hrs. The Sony Ericsson Elm will be available in GSM networks in the  HSPA 2100 and HSPA 900/2100 bands. The Elm also has WiFi connectivity.

The Sony Ericsson Elm has a 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, Auto focus and Face detection. The Elm has a GPS chip inside, so you can geotag the pictures you have clicked. The Elm also has is also a photo flash, as well as video recording capability with video light.

Some audio features of the Elm include intelligent volume adaptation, Clear voice, Noise Shield, HD Voice capability, Polyphonic ringtones and Speakerphone. The Elm can also be used to make video phone calls.

Some other interesting features of the Elm are auto rotate, Navigation key, Splash resistant body and 3D games. The Elm comes with a preloaded app to use Facebook.

The Sony Ericsson Elm is made from recycled plastic. The phone is part of Sony Ericsson’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emission by 20%. The phone has an E-manual in phone, is free from hazardous chemicals, has a low power consumption charger (EP300 GreenHeart™) and comes with a walk Mate eco application. The Elm has minimal packaging, to reduce impact on the environment. The Elm has a Condensed user guide and uses waterborne paint, the company claimed.

According to Sony Ericsson Environmental Director Mats Pellbäck Scharp, “Building on the established heritage of our parent companies we have worked continuously to maintain our leadership position by committing to reduce our own CO2 emissions by 20 per cent and product life cycle CO2 emissions by 15 per cent by 2015.”

Sony Ericsson has not announced any price for the Elm phone so far.

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