MWC 2018: Sony Launches Xperia Ear Duo to Take on Apple AirPods

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Ear Duo at the MWC 2018 Conference to compete with Apple AirPods and Samsung Gear IconX. The new wireless headset will offer music playback and notification alerts using its state of the art dual-listening technology. It is also provided with a daily assist feature also supports head gestures with the help of a row of sensors.


The headset comes in color variants of Black and Gold and is expected to go on sale next month in the US. One can pre-order the devices from today through the Amazon USA site. The price of the device is set to be revealed in the next few days.

The Japanese company has incorporated a Spatial Acoustic Conductor on the new Xperia Ear Duo, that will allow the sound generated by the drivers to travel to the ears directly for a better surround experience to the users. The headset also features a ring supporter that surrounds the ear canal. Sony has also designed Clear Phase Audio technology that can eliminate sound dispersion and adjust the volume on its own according to the surroundings.

The Dual Listening technology enables users to listen to their favorite songs and also receive notifications from their smartphones simultaneously. Sony has also incorporated the in-house CXD5602 chip and a multi-sensor platform that enables the Daily Assist feature. The device also supports head gestures to enable users to take or decline calls on their smartphones by simply nodding their head. Users can also change tracks on the playing list by shaking their heads to the left or right.

The Sony Xperia Duo also allows a user to control the volume and music by tapping and scrolling on the device. It is quite similar to the AirPods double-tap gesture mechanism to change tracks or adjust volume.

The Xperia Ear Duo also features voice control to access Google Assistant or Siri using a user’s voice command. The headset features a quad-microphone beam mechanism to work out a user’s voice by filtering out other ambient noises. It also comes with IPX2, water-resistant features with a stainless steel and rubber body.

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