Bamboo is one of the sturdiest and most long-lasting woods available in today’s marketplace and, while it is probably not the best choice to use in food preparation, it has proven a durable product for many other uses. Knowing this, the smartphone market — which has evolved into one of the largest retail markets in the history of electronics — is now looking at this valuable resource.
Smartphones have invaded all of our lives and changed the way that we communicate with one another. Unfortunately, it seems that designers have chosen to use plastic or metal cases in combination with a glass front for all of their products — neither of which are eco-friendly. However, this is about to change.
A new company, called ADzero, is about to introduce an innovative new product design that will change the way we look at smartphones. It is a green company that plans on introducing a cellphone that uses a bamboo case to house its electronic components. The bamboo case, as you can see in the above photo, is attractive and said by the company to be very durable. The durability of bamboo has been noted for centuries in Asia where it’s utilized not only as a biodegradable building material but also as a food source. However, this resource is relatively new to the US, where it was introduced as a flooring material and a filler for packaging breakable products.
So, while it will help protect our environment from unwanted plastics, what makes this smartphone useful as well as beautiful is what is inside. The folks at ADzero have taken some of the best hardware available and have enclosed the smartphone in a fantastic-looking bamboo case.
So what’s inside? Nothing less than the international version of the Samsung III. The unit includes, at the time of this writing, the following specifications:
- Processor: 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 (quad-core)
- Display: 4.5-inch TFT LCD with 720 x 1280 HD Resolution, 326 ppi
- Handset Dimensions: 134 x 68 x 11.8 mm
- Operating System: Stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich + ADAOS (Open Bootloader)
- Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; UMTS/HSPA+ 1900/2100 MHz
- Memory: 1 GB DDR2
- Storage: 16 GB internal storage
- Battery capacity: 2050 mAh
- Cameras: Rear-facing 8 MP f/2.0 back illuminated sensor with RingFlash, 0.3 MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
In my opinion, this is a win-win combination that is going to be hard to beat; the bamboo case and its enclosed components set a new standard for premium phones. So how much will it cost to own this one-up on the Jones, premium device? You may be surprised to learn that if you are one of the first to order this phone, you can purchase it for around $500. However, if you take a wait-and-see attitude, the phone is expected to garner a much higher retail price.
Again, while it is just my opinion, I would think that if you want to be in on the latest fad or if you want to make an environmental statement, this may be just the thing that you are looking for. Remember, though, as I previously mentioned, the phone’s specifications are subject to change.
So what do you think? Would you be interested in a premium smartphone with a bamboo case?
Comments are welcome.