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Verizon dates, prices eco-friendly Samsung Illusion

updated 10:15 am EST, Tue November 22, 2011

Samsung Illusion comes to Verizon online tomorrow

One of the worst-kept secrets in Verizon's history, the Samsung Illusion, has now been made official. The handset uses a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, a three-megapixel camera, and a 3.5-inch display. It runs on Android 2.3 and carries Swype to help typing.

The phone's distinguishing trait is its eco-friendliness. Both the rear case and battery cover are made with 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is made from recycled material. Even the box uses 60 percent recycled paper that is bleach free and printed with vegetable ink, Verizon said. Its highly-efficient charger has a full-charge alarm. The handset received the Platinum rating from the Underwriters Laboratories by scoring 84 out of 119 points.

A Mobile Hotspot feature lets users share the phone's 3G data connection with as many as five Wi-Fi devices. It has Bluetooth 3.0 built-in along with a microSD memory card slot and an included 2GB microSD card.

The Illusion arrives online on November 23 for $80 with a new two-year contract, but as part of an online promotion between November 24 and 28, will be free with the same commitment. It arrives in retail stores in January.

by MacNN Staff



  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who come up with those product name?

    A eco-friendly phone is an illusion indeed. Cut the c*** with the eco-friendly disposable box, there is nothing eco-friendly in electronics, having recycled plastic casing doesn't add much to the ecology. It's like selling chips with less salt and claiming chips are healthy food.

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