BERLIN -- With its dual front-facing speakers, the HTC One smartphone already provides some of the best noise you'll get from a phone. If that's not quite enough for you then check out the BoomBass. This rechargeable, portable speaker adds extra low-end to your HTC phone to give a warmer, richer sound -- in theory, at least.
There's no official word on price or availability yet, but HTC reckons it'll be on sale later this year and rumours have suggested a £60 price tag.Design
The speaker fires upward, with a bass exhaust on the back, meaning you won't be muffling the sound if you sit it on the grass. The bottom section of the speaker slides forward, acting as a stand for your phone. It doesn't physically connect to your phone, so you won't be able to get any charge from it. The speaker itself does charge over Micro-USB, although HTC wasn't able to give any quotes on battery life.Features
The downside is that the BoomBass is only compatible with HTC's phones that have forward-facing speakers, as they require specific software to be able to split the audio over Bluetooth. The
I wasn't able to put the speaker to the test in my brief hands-on time, so I'll save the verdict on its sound quality for the full review. In the meantime, check out our dedicated IFA zone for all the latest tech launches from Berlin.