Bluetooth SIG has recently listed the new Samsung phone on their website. This Quad-band GSM handset sports a full touchscreen phone, a 4-inch AMOLED screen, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Android OS, and Bluetooth 3.0. FYI, the Bluetooth 3.0 supports theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 24 Mbit/s. No word on pricing or availability so far, so stay tuned. [SamsungHub]
Panasonic has proudly announced their first landline telephone that enables users to transfer up to 600 cell phone contacts (names and numbers) from your cell phone to the built-in directory via Bluetooth. The base unit can also be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled headset, so users can keep the conversation going in comfort while leaving hands free to do something else. In addition, the Panasonic KX-TG9382T also supports DECT 6.0 technology that works in 1.9GHz frequency. The Panasonic KX-TG9381T (base unit and one cordless handset) retails for $169.95, while the Panasonic KX-TG9382T (base unit bundled with two cordless handsets) is priced ay $229.95. [Panasonic]
The BlueAnt S1 car speakerphone supports multipoint technology that can connect to two mobile phones at the same time. Both users can make calls through the S1, and if either phone rings the call automatically transfers to the speakerphone. The S1 is just as easy to use as its predecessors in the BlueAnt range: answering a call is as simple as saying the word “Answer”. There is no need to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. If your phone has a voice dial feature, then you can make calls using your voice too. The S1 also introduces A2DP music streaming, allowing users to play music through the S1’s high performance speaker from any mobile phone that supports the A2DP Bluetooth profile. At a single charge, the S1 car speakerphone will provide up to 15 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time. [Slashphone]
Jabra will be releasing a new bluetooth handset that resembles a dog tag. The BT3030 comes with bluetooth 2.0+EDR, HSP, HFP, A2DP and AVRCP support, six buttons for sending / ending calls and controlling music playback, as well as volume control. Get the BT303 next month in Japan or right in the U.S for ¥8,980 or $90. [Engadget]
PCI has got just the thing for making calls when in your vehicle. The BT-01 CAR is a simple box that you hook anywhere in the car so you can make calls with your bluetooth set without touching it. It also features an LCD screen so you’ll know who’s calling just like a caller ID. [Akihabara]
Here’s a bluetooth set that’s sure to live through the everyday wear and tear of life. The Plantonics Explorer 370 features 7 hours of talktime and 8 days on standby and is water/dust/shock-resistant as well as “windscreen technology” which filters out noise no matter where you are and QuickPair for smooth pairing with your ruggedized cell phone. The Explorer 370 will drop in March for $79.