I thought I'd seen everything; and now I have...
The Samsung 'W510' and 'F268' follow a familiar trend: the environmentally friendly handset, but they approach this claim in a radically new way. Made using 'bioplastic' a material created from cornstarch, the handsets cut new ground and only use (you guessed it) an environmentally friendly metal finishing process to garner the familiar sheen on the outside. Durability is said to be as strong as ever.
"Samsung is striving to continue to be a strong corporate citizen that contributes to environmental sustainability", said Samsung Telecommunication Business President Geesung Choi. "Now we are trying not only to launch more environmentally-conscious products with more renewable material and less energy consuming, but also to expand proactively set up a phone recycling system."
Interestingly, corn based plastics are not a new idea and have long been touted as a replacement for the usual petroleum based plastics but the high price of oil has finally pushed them into the consumer technology space. They had previously been trialled in plastic bags, bottles and even nappies.
Sadly Samsung hasn't leaked any of the technological goodies we can expect inside either 'Corn Phone' but I'd suspect they will be pitched towards the budget end of the market. Prices were also undisclosed so we have no idea if the tasty core will hike up the RRPs.
Still, with both the W510 and F268 launching before the end of the month in Japan and China respectively, expect to hear some feedback pretty quickly between munching noises...