By Stephen Schenck | June 5, 2012 11:02 AM
Back around the time of the CES in January, we learned about a leaked AT&T roadmap which, among mention of other phones, fingered one Samsung Exhilarate for a first quarter launch. It wasn’t long after that when AT&T officially announced the Android handset, and we learned it would be positioned as a green, earth-friendly model. Beyond that, though, we didn’t have much but screen size and LTE support to go on. Q1 passed without the Exhilarate arriving, and it was starting to look like Q2 might do the same. Today AT&T finally reveals the phone’s fate, announcing plans to make the Exhilarate available as of June 10.
So, just how environmentally conscious is the Exhilarate? Well, the phone’s rear cover is mostly made from recycled materials, as are the handset’s two case options, which are also designed to be biodegradable. Beyond that, the Exhilarate finds itself the first LTE smartphone to get Underwriter Laboratories Environment’s platinum certification for “environmentally preferable” devices.
As for the phone itself, the Exhilarate is solidly mid-range, though at what’s becoming the lower end of that spectrum. That means a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, four-inch Super AMOLED screen, and a five-megapixel main camera with 1.3-megapixel front-facer. It looks like the Android will arrive running Gingerbread, but from the sound of its hardware, an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future wouldn’t be unexpected.
The Samsung Exhilarate will arrive with a price to match its mid-range status, selling for just about $50 on a two-year contract.