Wednesday 26 September 2012

LG announces Bluetooth stereo headset Tone+ with VoLTE

LG Electronics has announced its new Bluetooth stereo headset, the LG Tone+ (HBS-730). This model is the successor to the LG Tone (HBS-700). The LG Tone+ supports VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls, enabling the user to hold conversations in High Definition (HD) sound between VoLTE-capable devices.

“LG was the world’s first company to demonstrate VoLTE technology and announce a VoLTE smartphone,” said Paul Bae, Vice President of Marketing Center of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “And today, we are still at the forefront of efforts to advance the commercialization of VoLTE as a follow up to the global expansion of LTE. In order to provide our customers with a superior user experience over 4G networks, LG will continue to raise the bar on all its mobile products, including accessories that support LTE and VoLTE.”

LG claims to offer enhanced audio quality with the Tone+ haveing a number of improvements over its predecessor. The extended bass register of the LG Tone+ increases the available sound range.

The company adds in its official statement that the LG Tone+ also adopts a professional grade audio codec, the aptX which is used by discerning music studios, broadcasters and manufacturers around the world. LG adds that it is favored for its ability to deliver CD-quality sound by automatically fitting high capacity audio data to the available bandwidth while transmitting.

The LG Tone+ is equipped with a host of features such as Bluetooth Multi-connection function, the LG Tone+ can be connected to two smartphones or to a smartphone and other multimedia device. The Audible Pairing Assistance feature reveals the connection status when another device is connected, while Vibrating Call Alert notifies the user of incoming calls. Two other features, the Audible Battery Status Alert and Mic Mute, have also been included. Finally, BT Reader, one of LG’s own Android applications, monitors incoming SMS and reads them out to the headset, meaning users can stay informed without taking their smartphone out of their pocket.

The talk and standby times of the LG Tone+ have been extended to 15 and 500 hours respectively. The LG Tone+ will be available in Korea, the United States and China by the end of this month in blue-black and white-pearl colour options.

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