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 was a staff writer on What Hi-Fi? and subsequently spent a good few years writing news and features for various technology and hi-fi publications, before jumping on a plane in search of a more fruitful life in Australia. Now based in Byron Bay, he writes about tech, health, fitness and style.