First there was the Jambox. Then there was the larger, aptly-named Big Jambox. And today Jawbone announced the Mini Jambox. The mini is the company’s third entry into the portable Bluetooth space, helping round out the Jambox line.
But don’t let the ‘Mini’ name fool you. It’s actually not that much smaller than the original Jambox, with virtually the same height and width. In fact, the only dimension you’ll notice a difference in is depth—they’ve shaved about 1/3 of it off…
Still, the Mini’s smaller size makes a big difference: Jawbone advertises it as pocketable. And, despite the compact casing, the company says you’ll still enjoy major sound from the speaker’s two internal drivers, and the same 10-hour battery life.
From Jawbone’s press release:
“Jawbone’s rich history of expertise in design, technology, hardware and software has allowed us to deliver a speaker that’s smaller, lighter and louder than ever before,” said Yves Behar, chief creative officer for Jawbone. “Its unibody aluminum chassis is a complete redesign of our iconic JAMBOX and our most avant-garde speaker design yet, allowing us to pack even more sound and technology into a significantly smaller and more portable package.”
Inside its compact nine-ounce package, an airtight enclosure features two neodymium drivers and a passive bass radiator to produce the highest-quality sound for its size. Using advanced digital signal processing technology, MINI JAMBOX is optimized to play all types of audio content and all genres of music with the fullest sound possible – movies, games, voice, and music from hip hop to classical. A built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers up to 10 hours of continuous playback and 75 hours of standby time on a single charge.”
Additionally, Jawbone says that it’s also launching an all-new mobile app for iOS and Android. Not only does the app allow you to tweak your Jambox settings on the go, but it also let’s you add and stream playlists from Rdio, Spotify and other services.
The Mini Jambox is available for pre-order today, in 9 cool colors, for $179.99 from Jawbone’s website. And it will be available at other major retailers later this month. I love the way it looks, but I’m going to wait to hear how it sounds before I commit.
What do you think of the Mini?