Motorola woos Bluetooth aficionados

Motorola has expanded its portfolio by launching its new wireless headset HS850. This is based on Motorola’s HS810 headset, however the HS850 also adds support for Bluetooth v1.2.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 30, 2005

Motorola has expanded its portfolio by launching its new wireless headset HS850. This is based on Motorola’s HS810 headset, however the HS850 also adds support for Bluetooth v1.2. According to the company, the new headset delivers better sound quality, features interference rejection and is compatible with Bluetooth 1.1 wireless technology-enabled products. The headset also boasts a talk time of eight hours and 200+ hours in standby mode. “Packed with user-friendly features especially suited to the Middle East region, where many users wear sunglasses, carry their phone accessories in their pockets, and often switch mobile phones, this next-generation tool is certain to enhance the mobile lifestyles of people in this region with advanced speed, convenience and wear-ability,” said Patrick Mulligan, area director for Motorola’s Mobile Devices Business. As is the case with most Bluetooth headsets on the market today, the Motorola HS850 features a foldable boom microphone for compact storage, while its removable ear hook allows users to place the headset on either ear. The headset can connect to compatible mobile phones, PCs or PDAs up to 30 feet (10 metres) away, comes with a built-in LED that provides information such as headset status, voice dial and 3-way calling, and a multipurpose button that allows users to place, receive and end calls. The device is available now across the region and will go head-to-head with similar devices such as the Jabra BT800 and Logitech’s Mobile Pro Bluetooth headsets. Bluetooth v1.2 is the latest version of the popular wireless technology. Compared to version 1.1, the new standard includes improvements in frequency sharing with 802.11 technologies and faster data transfer speeds. Version 1.2 is backward compatible with Bluetooth 1.1 and also features ‘Adaptive Frequency Hopping’, which will not only keep Bluetooth and 802.11 devices from interfering, but will also keep cordless phones and microwaves from competing with your PDA or mobile phone.

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