Sprint touts ecocentric LG Optimus Elite

LG's new Optimus Elite attempts to prove that even Androids can go green.


Apple likes to boast about its Earth-friendly products that it strives to build with minimum impact to the planet. Sprint's new LG Optimus Elite, however, could give the iPhone a run for its money -- at least in the green department.

LG claims the Optimus Elite uses a casing that's crafted from 50 percent recycled plastic and is ULE Platinum-certified, the most stringent label awarded by the UL environmental body. The company also says the handset doesn't contain harmful materials such as PVC plastics, phthalates, halogens, or mercury.

Besides its environmentally oriented credentials, the Optimus Elite looks to be a credible Android smartphone as well. It runs Gingerbread (Android 2.3) with a 3.5-inch screen plus is equipped with an NFC chip for Google Wallet mobile payment support. The phone's other specs, such as a single-core 800MHz processor, 3G data connection, and 5MP camera won't impress power mobile users, though.


That said, for a low $29.99 (after $50 rebate and two-year contract), I suppose you can't expect the world; just try to save it, perhaps. Expect the LG Optimus Elite to hit stores just in time for Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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