Sony SRS-BTM8 handbag speaker adds NFC for quick Bluetooth pairing

Sony has announced the launch of a new Bluetooth-enabled speaker that uses NFC technology to allow you to tap it with your phone to instantly pair the two, at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany

In a move that is likely quickly to become the norm, the SRS-BTM8 - which, incidentally, looks like a handbag - features the new tech that is slowly making its way into a number of different phones, including the newly announced Sony Xperia T.

"All you do is touch the top of the speaker with your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet and almost instantly your music will be pumping out into the room," explains Sony, in launching the new speaker. "When you want it to stop, just touch the speaker again." 

As the design suggests, the new speaker is battery powered and designed to be carried around and the SRS-BTM8 can run off 4 AA/LR6 batteries for up to 20 hours of wireless playback.

On the sound side of things, the stereo speaker packs plenty of punch with a 4W power output (2W + 2W).

Sony warns that for models other than Xperia T and Xperia V smartphones, you’ll need to download the free App from Sony, “NFC Easy Connect” at Google Play Store to experience One-touch function. It will be released in late September.

While our ears only briefly glanced across Sony's unusually designed speaker - and admittedly there was a lot of background noise - things sounded good. This is a dock that looks different yet still gets enough audio oomph out of it to make it a worth while connection to your smartphone or tablet



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