Unveiled way back at the CES in January, AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate didn’t make much of an impression with its tech specs and features, but was announced as an affordable eco-friendly phone made out of 80% recycled materials.
Fast forward almost six months in time and the Exhilarate is still nowhere to be found by tech-savvy users concerned about preserving Mother Nature. However, the waiting period seems to have finally come to an end, and the earth-loving 4-incher is expected to start selling in five short days.
You’ll be able to get the new Galaxy Exhilarate (if we can still call it new…) starting on Sunday June 10 for just $49.99 with a new two-year AT&T carrier agreement. That’s certainly not what you would call expensive, but I guess that Samsung and AT&T could have made this little guy available for free, considering what it will be packing.
Powered by a pretty decent (by mid-range standards, at least) dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, the Exhilarate will only be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread upon its release, which is disappointing, to say the least.
Samsung’s new phone isn’t even scheduled for an Ice Cream Sandwich update, as far as we know, so the software will clearly not be this guy’s strongest point. The rest of the features include a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a yet to be specified resolution (we’re guessing 800 x 480 pixels), 5 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, 4G LTE connectivity and a microSD card slot.
The RAM, on-board memory and battery capacity are for some reason still kept under wraps, so it’s still difficult to say if the Exhilarate will be a decent entry-level phone or a mediocre mid-ranger. Then again, the phone’s piece of resistance is the environmentally-friendly UL Platinum rating, which is the highest rating achieved by any LTE smartphone worldwide, according to AT&T claims, so the tech specs might not be that important after all.
In terms of design, you can’t say the Exhilarate looks special or original, but its profile is decently slim. Measuring less than 0.5″ thick, the 4-incher weighs in at 5.2 ounces (147 grams), which makes this an easy to carry device.
Before drawing a conclusion on the Exhilarate’s attractiveness, check out this following video clip which sums up its (known) tech specs and features. Who knows, you might fall in love with it and its eco-friendly capabilities and decide to buy it despite not being a “power tool”.