Sony Ericsson 2006
Sony Ericsson also announced several accessories today.
Three new headsets were announced, one in each of the three major form factors: clip-on, in-ear, and behind-the-ear. The HBH-IV835 and HBH-GV435 support Bluetooth 2.0 for improved audio and radio performance.
One thing Sony Ericsson used to be known for was its great accessory connector, which remained unchanged for many years and product cycles. Its innovative modular design worked equally well for both phones and small accessories like headsets.
Last year, Sony Ericsson upset many of its long-time followers by abandoning the old connector. The change was necessary, however, to allow for a smaller size (for smaller phones) and upgrades like USB 2.0 and stereo sound.
At the time, we thought Sony Ericsson had abandoned the idea if a modular connector. But the company had a trick up its sleeve, and its newest headsets bring back the modular idea, revised to support the new connector design:
This means Sony Ericsson users will once again be able to use the same charger for both their phone and headset.
The other major accessory announced today is the HCB-100 combination speakerphone and portable car kit.
This interesting accessory contains nearly all the functionality of a full-fledged car kit in a compact unit that can clip your car's sun visor above the driver's head. A small microphone arm flips down for optimal outgoing sound quality. Its design also makes it well-suited for placing a desk and using as a high-quality Bluetooth speakerphone accessory.