Sony announces new additions to its Xperia range at MWC 2018

Sony Mobile Communications announced Monday that Xperia Ear Duo is rolling out from Spring 2018, with pre-order starting from Mobile World Congress 2018.

“Xperia Ear Duo represents what we’ve learned from almost a century of audio and acoustics research” said Hiroshi Ito, Deputy Head of Smart Product Business Group at Sony Mobile Communications.

“Ear Duo is the first wireless headset to deliver a breakthrough Dual Listening experience – the ability to hear music and notifications simultaneously with sounds from the world around you.”

Acclaimed concept to commercial product: Xperia Ear Duo is built to reimagine the wireless headset

Xperia Ear Duo features Dual Listening technology, so users can listen to music and receive notifications, whilst simultaneously hearing environmental sound or conversation. Whether users are listening to music during a workout or commute, it is an unparalleled ambient experience.

The Spatial Acoustic Conductor, developed by Sony’s in-house technology incubator Future Lab Programme™, allows the sound generated behind the ear by the unit´s driver to be transmitted directly into the ear. The specially designed ring supporter surrounds the ear canal so your music can blend seamlessly with sounds from your environment.

The volume intelligently adjusts based on the users’ surroundings and background noise, with Sony’s Clear PhaseTM audio technology eliminating sound dispersion for crystal clear listening.

Smart assistance

Driven by Sony’s ultra-low power consuming “SPRITZER” chip and a sophisticated multi-sensor platform, the “Daily Assist3” feature will recognise time, location and activities to offer relevant information throughout the day – reminding the users what time your next meeting is when you reach the office or narrating the latest news headlines.

Xperia Ear Duo also responds to head gestures – the advanced sensors allow the user to answer or decline incoming calls by shaking or nodding your head, or skipping through music by shaking your head left and right. Users can also control the music and volume by simply tapping and scrolling on the device.

Voice control is also built in with flexible access to the personal assistants the client uses most, whether it’s Google Assistant or Siri. Quad microphone beam-forming isolates the sound of the user’s voice, filtering out external noise to help him/her set reminders, send messages, make calls or launch an application, all freely and easily.

Designed to feel free

Made from durable stainless aluminium and soft rubber, Xperia Ear Duo sits under the ear to avoid interference with glasses or accessories. The open-ring supporter comes in three different sizes, and IPX2 splash proofing means it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.

Users will be able to enjoy up to four hours listening on a single charge, and the innovative compact case doubles as a charger, providing up to three times more power when they are on the move. What’s more, the case offers a fast charging feature, giving users two hours of listening with just twelve minutes of charging.

Xperia Ear Duo rolls out from Spring 2018 in sleek Black and Gold styles – with pre-order starting from Monday February26th at selected retailers. The companion application will be available for free download at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.