The Xperia Ear Duo at an occasion earlier this 12 months.

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Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo is somewhat little bit of an uncommon product. It is a set of completely wi-fi in-ear headphones which have an open design that lets you hear the skin world as you are listening to music or making calls. That does not make them so completely different from Apple’s AirPods, which additionally permit sound to leak in, however the Xperia Ear Duo are much more open.

Final 12 months Sony confirmed them as an idea product, however they’ve formally grow to be actual and can ship on the finish of Could for $280 in two shade choices. There isn’t any phrase but on worldwide pricing however we’ll add it as quickly as we get it.

In contrast to the AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones, the Ear Duo would not use bone-conduction know-how, so their sound high quality needs to be higher. However I think they will be somewhat missing within the bass division.

Contact the floor to entry your voice assistant.

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These are Bluetooth headphones — there is a companion iOS and Android app — however the two ear items are linked wirelessly through NFMI (close to subject magnetic induction) know-how, which helps decrease dropouts. Greater-end true wi-fi earphones have a tendency to make use of this know-how.

The earphones have contact controls and you may as well use head gestures to reply calls and skip tracks ahead (you entry these settings within the app). Whereas Sony is positioning these guys as extra of a wear-all-day headphone than a sports activities headphone (see video under), the open design is interesting to bikers and runners who need to hear the skin world for security causes.

I will let you understand how comfy they’re and the way they sound as quickly as I get my fingers on a pair.

The Ear Duo in black.

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Xperia Ear Duo key specs: 

True wi-fi designOpen design lets you take heed to your music and calls whereas staying in contact together with your surroundingsTouch controlsSmart help with contextual alerts — customized info is delivered based mostly in your whereabouts or your present activitySmart head gesture management for fingers free interaction4 hours battery life for energetic use Fast cost case affords three extra full chargesQuick cost function that offers you an hour of battery life from a 7-minute chargeUp to 22 hours of battery life in standby modePrice: $280

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