At the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, not all eyes will just be on smartphones or smartwatches. Other devices like headphones will also be on display for your consideration. One such brand, Jabra, is launching a new high-end over-the-ear headphones that wants to challenge products from Bose, Sennheiser, and Audio Technica. Their new device is called Elite 85h and it comes with SmartSound technology as well as the ability to give you 100% hands-free access to your Voice Assistant of choice.
Jabra has partnered with audio AI technology company audEERing to bring SmartSound technology to the Elite 85h. Basically, it is able to adjust your audio to your surroundings as it can detect more than 6,000 unique sound characteristics. It is able to select one of three moments: Commute, In Public, or In Private and adjusts the audio settings accordingly depending on your environment. You can still adjust both the call and music settings manually through the Jabra Sound+ app and it can remember your settings for future situations that may be aurally similar to your current settings.
You also don’t need to tap any button to trigger your Voice Assistant of choice. You just need to invoke the wake word and you’ll have either Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant at your beck and call. The headphones has eight microphones all in all, six are dedicated for calls, four for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and two hybrid mics are both for calls and ANC. They say that its battery will last up to 32 hours if ANC is activated and up to 35 hours if you don’t use the ANC feature.
The Elite 85h is available in four colors: Black, Titanium Black, Gold Beige, and Navy. It has IP52 dust and rain resistance and even has a two-year warranty against water and dust. It is being marketed as a premium device and so you’ll have to shell out $299.
You can pre-order it by March 2019 and it will be available at Best Buy stores starting April 2019. You can see it and try it out at the Jabra booth during the Consumer Electronics Show from January 8-11 in Las Vegas.