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Sony said to reveal smart Bluetooth earbuds at MWC

by Jacob Kleinman | February 9, 2016February 9, 2016 3:40 pm PST

Sony probably won’t announce a new flagship phone at Mobile World Congress later this month, so what does the Japanese giant have planned instead? A new rumor claims the company could reveal its own smart Bluetooth earbud to rival the Moto Hint.

According to Evan Blass, who has a pretty good track record leaking new gadgets, Sony could join the growing group of firms offering tiny earpieces that can do more than simply play music. The Moto Hint sits in one ear and offers Google-powered voice controls thanks to a built-in microphone. There’s also the Bragi Dash, which pulls double duty as a fitness tracker, and Doppler Lab’s customizable noise-canceling earbuds.

It sounds like Sony’s new product will be closer to the Moto Hint than any of these other niche models. That also suggests the company will only offer a single earbud instead of a pair that wirelessly sync together. Sony’s been making high-quality music players and headphones for decades, so one key selling point could be sound quality.

Beyond this new Bluetooth earbud, Sony might also have a few other products to announce at MWC. The company’s SmartWatch 3 is definitely due for an upgrade, and we’re still waiting for an Xperia Z5 Tablet. Hopefully the company can find a way to impress us even without a fancy new smartphone.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...