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Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, February 26, 2018, Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced that Xperia Ear Duo is rolling out in the US in late May 2018, with pre-orders starting with Amazon during 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.”

Xperia Ear Duo is built to reimagine the wireless headset

Xperia Ear Duo features Dual Listening technology, so you can listen to music and receive notifications, while simultaneously hearing environmental sound or conversation. Whether you’re listening to music during a workout or while commuting, it’s an unparalleled ambient experience.

The Spatial Acoustic Conductor, developed by Sony’s in-house technology incubator Future Lab Program™, 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 your surroundings and background noise, with Sony’s Clear Phase™ audio technology eliminating sound dispersion for crystal-clear listening.

Smart assistance when you need it

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 you of the time for your next meeting when you reach the office or narrating the latest news headlines.

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

Voice control is also built in with flexible access to the personal assistants you use most, whether it’s Google Assistant or Siri. Quad microphone beam-forming isolates the sound of your voice, filtering out external noise to help you 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 Xperia Ear Duo is comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.

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

Xperia Ear Duo rolls out in the US late May 2018 in sleek Black and Gold styles – with pre-orders starting with Amazon on Monday, February 26, 2018 at a retail price of $279.99 USD. Canadian availability will be announced soon. The companion application for Xperia Ear Duo will be available for free download on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.