July 5, 2007 Nokia, the world’s the largest phone manufacturer, have announced the release of their first dedicated speakerphone. Designed for ultimate hands-free functionality, the detachable Bluetooth Speakerphone includes a powerful speaker and microphone with enhanced audio quality via Digital Signal Processing (DSP) that cancels out excess noises and echoes, plus the ability to automatically switch off once you’ve finished talking. The Speakerphone HF-300 is operated with battery power (so you're not confined to using it with a power outlet) and comes with a sun visor clip for convenient attachment inside the car. Illuminated keys are featured for easy use and with up to 20 hours of talk time, the 80g unit is also suitable for extended hands-free conversations anywhere outside the car through the inclusion of rubber feet that allow it to be mounted on a variety of surfaces.
The speakerphone will automatically turn off after five minutes after the connection to the mobile device has been severed. When the battery runs low, the LED battery indicator will light up to alert you.
"We are committed to providing convenient communications in the car - and out of it too. The beauty of the Nokia Speakerphone HF-300 is in its mobility, it goes where you go, when you want to talk. We are excited to have the speakerphone as part of our expanding enhancements portfolio to meet the needs of our consumers," said Wolfgang Gartner, senior category manager, Nokia Automotive.
The Nokia Speakerphone HF-300 is compatible with a wide range of Nokia mobile devices supporting Bluetooth Specification 1.1 and higher and Handfree Profile 1.0 and higher. It is expected to be available in Q3 2007 and will cost an estimated EUR90 plus tax.