While we do expect the Mobile World Congress to still have a few gems to show us, another one has been dug up early...
Called 'Blue Earth' it has a similar bar-of-soap look to the Palm Pre but forges its own path with an impressive environmental agenda.
Unlike well, every handset on the market Samsung claims the Blue Earth can run almost entirely on solar power (via the cells on the back) despite featuring a full touchscreen display. Other specs are hazy at this stage (smoggy?) but the Blue Earth further enhances its panda-hugging credentials by being built with recycled plastic called PCM which is extracted from water bottles.
An integrated pedometer also draws attention to the health of its user, flags up potential CO2 emission savings and consumes less than 0.03W in standby. Should a manual charge be necessary, the Blue Earth ships with a five star rated energy efficient charger.
"Samsung's ‘The Blue Earth Dream' demonstrates our small but meaningful commitments for the future and our environment," said Samsung Communication Division Executive VP JK Shin. "We are committed to achieving the highest eco-status with our customers and business partners by providing the best eco-products and promoting eco-activities."
Obviously we need far more info about the Blue Earth to judge it fully (complete specs, battery life, the choice of OS would be nice) but with a release timeframe placing it in the second half of 2009 we shouldn't have to wait long to find out...
In related and less positive news Samsung has also confirmed it has had to delay its first Android based handsets meaning no debut at Mobile World Congress and most likely a later Q4/Q1 '10 launch. Doh.