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Plantronics unveils smartphone headphone trio

by Sarah Griffiths on 19 October 2010, 16:28

Tags: Plantronics (NYSE:PLT)

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Plantronics has launched a trio of headphones optimised for smartphones.

The BackBeat 903+, BackBeat 216 and BackBeat 116 headphones are designed to deliver easy switching between music and calls for iPhone and Android users.

The BackBeat 903+ wireless Bluetooth headset is an update of the older 903 and is made from ruggedized and sweat resistant-materials with a flexible design for active users and changeable earpieces. It also boasts dual mics and Plantronics' AudioIQ2 digital signal processing (DSP) for clear calls as well as OpenMic technology that allows users to instantly hear their surroundings without taking out their headphones. Here's an image below.



Meanwhile, the BackBeat 216 is certified for use with Apple products. The corded headphones feature noise-isolating ear buds with neodymium micro-speakers that claim to boost bass levels and deliver balanced high and mid ranges. They also feature an inline controller with built-in mic to make calls, plus control the volume and music tracks, as pictured below.



The BackBeat 116 is compatible with most Android phones as well as BlackBerries and other assorted handsets with a standard 3.5mm stereo connector. It comes in electric blue with cloth cord, in-line controller and built-in mic. Here's an image below.


Stuart Bradshaw, EMEA consumer marketing manager at Plantronics, said: "Today, most consumers use their smartphones to listen to music, play games and watch videos, and they are looking for audio solutions that will optimise these applications for truly immersive experiences."

The BackBeat 903+ model will retail for £69.99, the 216 for £39.99 and the 116 for £24.99 RRP.

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Any idea if the Backbeat 216 works with Android phones? Also where can you buy these for the UK?