Samsung has declared a new established of wi-fi headphones with a versatile neckband and a button to activate its Bixby voice assistant for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
The new U Flex headphones arrive on the heels of Samsung’s US launch of Bixby, its respond to to Siri or Google Assistant, which aims to substitute all touch actions on a machine with voice instructions.
In its place of reaching for the Galaxy S8 and pressing the committed Bixby button, U Flex consumers will be able to activate it and choose phone calls from buttons on the lobes of the neckband.
Samsung’s marketing video implies consumers will be able to leave their phone in their pocket when active but nonetheless use some functionality many thanks to Bixby voice instructions.
Buyers might also be physically absent from their phone and nonetheless use Bixby, so long as they are in Bluetooth selection.
Samsung’s video implies consumers can use the headphones to regulate their phone making use of Bixby voice instructions, even if it is really in a pocket or bag.
The Bluetooth headphones consist of earphones with a wired relationship to a versatile neckband that can be bent up to 100 degrees devoid of starting to be harmed. The earphones themselves have magnets that sort a shut loop when not worn.
The button to activate Bixby is identified as the Active Important, which is on the still left facet lobe of the neckband. It can also be configured via the Samsung Amount Android application to launch other features these as the clock, timer, the Samsung Wellbeing application, and favorites.
Samsung notes that activating the Active Important will either participate in back selected benefits, or launch its voice assistant.
The suitable-facet lobe has a Play button, quantity controls, ability switch, and lined micro USB port. Buyers can press the Play button to respond to a phone that the consumer is alerted to via a vibration or a flashing blue light-weight.
The earphones are compatible with other Samsung handsets than the Galaxy S8 or S8+ but they will launch S Voice instead of Bixby.
Buyers can also configure sophisticated configurations, these as the equalizer, in the Samsung Amount Application on a Bluetooth-paired Android machine.
Samsung suggests the headphones can be used for playback for up to 10 hours for each cost. Which is double the AirPod’s 5-hour participate in time on a single cost, which Apple addresses with its AirPod charger’s to enhance to 24 hours.
A nano-coating know-how also shields the machine from splashes. Charging the U Flex headphones involves lifting the micro USB port address and connecting the machine to a charger. Samsung won’t say how long it takes to cost.
Other smarts in the U Flex headphones include things like Samsung’s Scalable Codec know-how, which it makes use of to ward off Wi-Fi indicators that interfere with the Bluetooth relationship.
They also attribute “two-way speaker units” with 11mm woofers and 8mm tweeters (.43in, .32in).
Samsung has not supplied pricing or availability yet, but suggests the headphones will be offered in black, blue and ivory.