By Stephen Schenck | November 24, 2010 7:18 PM
Nokia announced today that it is in the process of releasing new, “green” editions of its C7 and N8 smartphones, featuring reduced packaging, efficient power supplies, and a collection of environment-related apps.
The phones themselves aren’t getting any changes as part of this eco-effort. To the company’s credit, both are already engineered from relatively earth-friendly materials. Instead, Nokia’s cutting back on packaging for the phones, using “just enough to protect the devices in transit.” That spartan presentation continues with a new minimalist user guide, explaining how to get up-and-running with the phones on just a single sheet of paper.
Nokia posted that the green editions of the N8 and C7 will include high-efficiency charging adaptors, but didn’t go much into specifics, suffice it to say that the phones will charge more quickly when using these cords. Perhaps most importantly, reminder notices will alert you to remember to unplug the adaptor when finished charging. After the power mishaps with the N8, we hope Nokia has gotten its charging issues sorted out.
Without detail as to the breakdown of the included environmental apps, it’s tricky to tell if they’ll add much to the phone’s “green”ness. We know there will be an eco-themed educational game and a statement about the phone’s environmental impact, but beyond that, “other third-party apps” is all Nokia offered.
The big question is what kind of premium will these models fetch over run-of-the-mill C7s and N8s. It’d be nice to think that you’d get a price break due to the decreased packaging costs, but we wouldn’t count on it. The phones are first being rolled-out through Telefónica, starting in Spain before expanding towards the rest of Europe and South America.