Meet JBL's next-gen Clip 3 mini Bluetooth speaker

The new waterproof Clip 3 offers improved sound quality, battery life and durbility in the same compact form factor.

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JBL's Clip 3 ($60) arrives this spring in several color options.

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We've been fans of earlier JBL Clip mini Bluetooth speakers and there'll be a new Clip 3 ($60) showing up in stores later this spring. There's no word yet on international pricing.

JBL says the latest Clip offers improved sound quality and battery life (10 hours) in the same compact form. The fully waterproof speaker is also more durable, according to JBL, with the integrated carabiner framing the entire perimeter of the speaker, acting as a bumper.

As for extra features, there's a built-in echo and noise-canceling speakerphone along with playback can volume control buttons on top of the speaker.

I'll let you know how much its sound has improved as soon as I get my hands on a review unit.

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The speaker is fully waterproof

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Here are Clip 3's key features, according to JBL:

  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • Built in carabiner 
  • Built-in rechargeable Li ion battery supports up to 10 hours of playtime
  • Durable fabric material and carabiner frame provide added protection
  • IPX7 Waterproof: Speaker can be fully submerged
  • Speakerphone capabilities, with echo and noise canceling
  • Colors: Midnight black, ocean blue, fiesta red, river teal, stone gray, dusty pink, steel white, forest green, mustard yellow and desert sand
  • Available on JBL.com and at select retailers for $60 starting spring 2018
  • No word yet on international pricing

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