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Bose launches SoundLink wireless Bluetooth speaker

Bose has announced the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker, on sale now for £249.

The speaker will connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device, from smartphones to tablets to laptops, using the latest A2DP Bluetooth 2.1 – though no sign of aptX.

Offering up to 8 hours of use from the rechargeable battery, the SoundLink also has an auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices.

The speaker uses four mid/treble speakers and two passive radiators yet still stands just 5cm thick and around the size of a hardback book.

An integrated cover, reminiscent of the iPad's, doubles as a stand and then turns the speaker off when it snaps around in front of the speaker to make a portable unit.

Bose is bullish about the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker's durability too, that cover making a nicely sealed product that should withstand salt, fog, sand and more (says Bose).

The standard model comes with a dark gray Cordura nylon cover and is £259. The LX model, with a premium trim around the speaker and a dark brown leather cover, is £299.

Covers in different colours are also available, with bright red or royal purple nylon covers at £25 a pop, or burgundy or tan leather covers at £50.

The Bose SoundLink Mobile speaker is on sale now from Bose retail stores and www.bose.co.uk.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.