Jawbone unveiled the original Jambox speaker back in 2010 and since then we have also seen the introduction of the Big Jambox. Those two are selling for $179 and $299 respectively and as of today it looks like a third model is joining the Jambox lineup. This latest is the Jambox Mini and it will be available for pre-order beginning today.
The Jambox Mini is priced the same as the regular sized model -- at $179.9 and is being touted as the "biggest smallest speaker." The Jambox Mini measures in at 2.28 (H) x 6.06 (L) x 0.96 (W) inches and weighs in at 9 ounces. As a comparison, the regular-sized Jambox measures in at 2.24 x 5.94 x 1.57 with a weight of 12 ounces. The Jambox Mini has Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port for charging.
The speaker is said to be able to provide up to 10 hours of continuous playback and those making the purchase will find a 24-inch microUSB cable and 36-inch 3.5mm cable included in the box. Similar to the other Jambox models, the Mini will work for audio playback and also serve as a speakerphone for voice calls.
The on-speaker controls will include play/pause, volume up and volume down. The play button also serves as the place to skip tracks and return to the previous track depending on how many times it has been pressed. The speaker can also be used to answer/end a call, decline an incoming call and redial. In addition, the power, pairing and other inputs are all sitting on the side of the speaker.
Aside from the Jambox Mini itself, the folks at Jawbone have released the Companion app which can be found in the Google Play Store. This app is a free download and offers features to include a battery meter as well as Instant Info and Calendar Alerts. These last two features break down as follows;
- Instant Info: Press the TALK button on your headset or speaker to hear upcoming events, remaining battery life, and the current time.
- Calendar Alerts: Companion whispers through your headset or speaker and reminds you about upcoming meetings and events when they're starting; it will even dial you into conference calls at the press of a button, passcode and all.
All that being said, the Jambox Mini is available for pre-order as of today and is expected to begin shipping in late-September.