Jabra’s pair of separate wireless earbuds will be available on October 30 at Best Buy for $249, the company announced Thursday. The Jabra Elite Sport are water-resistant and promise to be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes without dying in the process.
Users of the upcoming earbuds will also be able to hear the outside world in case they need it thanks to an audio passthrough feature. The Elite Sport focus on fitness. They offer heart rate tracking plus intelligent voice coaching and feedback that works with the Sport Life app. In addition, the headphones keep tabs on the user’s VO2 Max levels and monitors their pulse with 90 percent or greater accuracy, according to a report by Engadget.
Users can get details on pace, distance, calories, route, among other aspects of their training. The brand tacks on an additional three-year warranty to protect against damage caused by sweat, which means that those willing to try them out will have something less to worry about.
Wireless earbuds are here to stay
The in-ear headphones offer three hours of music and calls plus a carrying case that can fully recharge the earbuds twice.
Two microphones built in each bud allow great audio quality for both playback and phone calls. Jabra says one mic is designed to pick up the user’s voice whereas the other allows them to choose the background noises they want to filter out.
The Elite Sport are also capable of identifying a voice command so people can pick up incoming phone calls while wearing the earbuds.
Jabra’s truly wireless earbuds are following the heels of Samsung’s Gear IconX, which have a battery life that takes a major hit when fitness tracking is activated. It is unclear whether the Elite Sport resemble the Gear IconX is this aspect.
Samsung’s earbuds cost $50 less and can be used for 3.4 hours of playback or during a 1.5-hour workout if the music is being played simultaneously.