The Philips BR-1X is a tough, rugged portable speaker

Philips has unveiled the BR-1X portable Bluetooth speaker, designed for indoor and outdoor use.

The BR-1X features two different sound modes: indoor, and outdoor.Indoor claims to offer deeper bass and "crystal clear details", while outdoor mode outputs "loud, heavy audio."

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Users can connect smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to the BR-1X using Bluetooth. For those that don't support it, there's a 3.5mm auxiliary input. A built-in microphone also allows for phone conversations.

Philips has implemented its wOOx loudspeaker technology which aims to deliver low, precise and dynamic bass with minimum distortion from 2x 2-inch drivers.

The BR-1X is encased in a rugged, rubber shell and features an over-sized strap, making it suitable for outdoor use. A built-in rechargeable battery claims to offer up to 6 hours of playback, and several BR-1X speakers can be connected using the included audio cable.

The Philips BR-1X Bluetooth speaker is available now in Khaki and Grey finishes for £100.

by Max Langridge

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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.