The Interweb may have gone a little nuts over the Nexus One 'Google Phone' news, but back in a calmer, more speculation free zone Sony Ericsson today also has something worthy to bring to the handset space...
The company has expanded its 'GreenHeart' range of environmentally friendly phones with two new models: the aptly named 'Elm' and 'Hazel' (yes, we could be watching Avatar). As with all GreenHeart phones they are both made from recycled plastics, have an 'e-manual' on the phone, are free from hazardous chemicals, use waterborne paint, ship with a low power consumption chargers, use reduced size packaging and come bundled with various green behaviour promoting apps.
Despite their tree hugging tendencies the Elm and Hazel are capable in their own right as well. Both have matching specs, but differing form factors (the Elm is a candybar, the Hazel a slider) with key points being their five megapixel cameras, HSDPA connectivity and assisted GPS. There is just 280MB of native memory inside the duo, but that is helped via microSD expansion slots. Where they do differ is in their QVGA displays with the Elm's keypad restricting its size to 2.2in whereas the Hazel has a 2.6 incher.
The Sony Ericsson Elm will join the existing C901 and 'Naite' GreenHeart models when it hits shelves in Q1 2010, the Hazel arrives in Q2. A choice of red, black and pink finishes will be available and if you care about your environmental footprint these may prove two of the smarter dumbphones to own.