JBL announces Flip 3 Bluetooth portable speaker

We loved the first JBL Flip speaker when we reviewed it back in 2013, but felt the follow up Flip 2 could have done with more low end weight. It seems JBL has taken that on board, as the Flip 3 comes with dual passive radiators, designed to give it “intense bass".

A new cylindrical splashproof design, as well as a durable fabric casing - which looks similar to that on the UE Boom - means the speaker can be used outdoors, while multiple Flip 3 speakers can be connected together with a press of the JBL Connect button for a bigger sound.

As is common with Bluetooth speakers, the Flip 3 can double up as a speakerphone and features echo and noise cancellation technology to improve call quality. Up to three smartphones can be connected at any one time and a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery is said to offer up to 10 hours of playback time.

The JBL Flip 3 is available now in black, red, orange, pink, grey, blue, yellow and teal colours for £99.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.