Bluetooth headphones come in several different varieties, including the in-ear, around-the-neck version popularized by LG with its. Now Samsung's come out with the Gear Circle, its own space-age spin on that wireless headphone design.
Available in October, the Gear Circle will come in black, blue, and white, though Samsung was only showing the blue and white models at an event in New York to announce its newand smartphones, along with the and devices. No word on UK and US pricing yet, but in Australia it'll cost AU$179 with product available in November.
One of the key features is the magnetic clasp that allows you to wear the headphone as a necklace when you're done listening to music or making calls (yes, there's a built-in microphone). The headphones also have a vibrate feature to alert you of incoming text messages and calls.
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Overall, the Gear Circle seems a bit swankier than LG's competing products, but it's unclear how sturdy it is. This is the type of headphone that has its fans and critics, with some folks liking the secure, around-the-neck design, while others don't like the feeling of having something wrapped around their neck (I tend to like the design).
That neck piece houses the electronics and battery, which is bigger than the battery found in earbud-only wireless headphones such as the(the Circle's battery life is rated at 9 hours, which is decent).
We'll let you know how the Gear Circle compares to its competitors as soon as we get our hands on a review sample. For now here's a look at its specs, sans pricing: