AT&T introduced its latest LTE phone on Tuesday, but the biggest feature isn’t the wireless network, touchscreen or processor. The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is UL Platinum certified as a sustainable handset. The Android phone’s back casing is built with 80 percent recycled materials and the device alerts owners when it’s fully charged and can be unplugged.
The Exhilarate debuts on June 10 at $49 with contract, which is relatively low for an LTE-capable device. It looks like others in the Samsung Galaxy line of handsets and uses a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor. That’s a bit of a recycle as well: Scorpion is the predecessor to this year’s Snapdragon chips. A 4-inch SuperAMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and 1.3 megapixel front camera round out the currently known specifications, as shown by AT&T in this video:
AT&T says this phone will one of of the first to go through a new AT&T eco-rating system, coming later this summer. The Exhilarate looks capable and is certainly inexpensive from an up-front investment. It should appeal to the eco-conscious, and could even move off the shelves to first-time smartphone buyers that don’t want to spend much cash for their hardware in order to get on board the Android train with an LTE connection.