Apart from smartphones, Sony launched some accessories at MWC 2018, one of which is the Xperia Ear duo. The “open-ear” headset is a refresh of the Xperia Ear that launched back in 2016. The Xperia Ear was a single unit earbud while this is, as the name suggests, a dual unit for both the ears.
The Xperia Ear Duo comes with a completely inverted design than most wireless earbuds. As opposed to fitting on the top of the ear, the processing unit sits below it. Of course, this raises concerns of comfortable usage in different scenarios.
Especially, when the wearer is in movement or some jerk and shoving in public. On the flip side, this is comfortable for glass wearers. As for real-world use, we’ll only get to know when these go on sale and get reviewed.
Also, these earbuds are meant to give you a dual listening experience. It means that they don’t block environmental sounds while still delivering you info from your device. So if you’re looking for traditional noise-cancelling headsets, these are not for you. Google Assistant and Siri are integrated into the earbuds. You can get the calendar, news headlines, notifications relayed from your device. Sony also claims that these earbuds can detect context and activity automatically. But that would presumably require an app, we suppose.
The Xperia Ear Duo supports tap controls as well as head gestures. Basic activities like taking or rejecting calls or changing your music can be done via these gestures. The Xperia Ear Duo comes with IPX2 splash-proof ratings which don’t make them water resistant.
The accessory ships with a case that can triple the four-hour battery life of the headset. Sony has priced them a bit on the expensive side with a price tag of $279.99. They’re available in Black and Gold.