Bluetooth headphones come in several different varieties, including the in-ear, around-the-neck version popularized by LG with its Tone stereo headsets. Now Samsung’s come out with the Gear Circle, its own space-age spin on that wireless headphone design.
Available in October, the Gear Circle will come in black, blue, and white, though Samsung was only showing the blue and white models at an event in New York to announce its newGalaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones, along with the Gear S and Gear VR devices. No word on pricing yet.
One of the key features is the magnetic clasp that allows you to wear the headphone as a necklace when you’re done listening to music or making calls (yes, there’s a built-in microphone). The headphones also have a vibrate feature to alert you of incoming text messages and calls.
Neck piece houses the electronics and battery, which is bigger than the battery found in earbud-only wireless headphones such as the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2, Battery life is rated at 9 hours.
The Gear Circle is set to ship this October.