Today at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, tech giant Sony announced the newest addition to its lineup of smart products. The Xperia Ear Duo are a new pair of all-wireless earbuds that will work with Apple’s Siri voice assistant, and also Google Assistant.
Listen to both your music as well as your environment with Sony Xperia Ear Duo Earphones. They have a very unique open-ear design with a “Spatial Acoustic Conductor” that sends audio created behind your ear straight into your canal, joining other sounds that move through the ring-shaped support. Additional features of the Ear Duo includes controlling audio playback via tapping and swiping, in addition to splash-proofing and a number of in-built microphones.
Visually, the wireless earbuds in fact differ fairly significantly from Apple’s AirPods. Their ergonomic design and style just look futuristic, wrapping around the ear much like a statement accessory as opposed to a set of wireless earbuds. Nevertheless, they are apparently comfortable enough to forget you are sporting them, according to Sony.
Each set also includes its very own charging case for a speedy energy boost. The case will completely charge the earbuds up to three times — seven hours of listening time a piece — before requiring a recharge of its own.
The Xperia Ear Duo costs $279.99 and is available in metallic black and metallic gold color options.