JBL’s new headphones have a touchscreen case, because we don’t have enough screens

Tired: JBL announced the Tour PRO 2 headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC). Wired: The case has a touch screen.

That’s how it is. In case you haven’t had enough screens in your life, the case for the new headphones adds another 1.4-inch LED touchscreen. Users can scroll through multiple screens as different watch faces that allow them to manage media playback and toggle between different noise cancellation modes.

Image credits: JBL

Users can also receive notifications from social media apps, view incoming messages, and handle calls right from the JBL Tour Pro 2 Case’s screen. Unfortunately, there’s no on-screen keyboard, so you can’t really reply to any messages.

It’s hard to believe the argument that users can leave their phones in their pockets and use the case, as many people just keep them in their pockets. The idea sounds strange, but JBL could be trying to target users who don’t have a smartwatch. Notably, the JBL Tour Pro 2 case does not have LTE connectivity. So unlike some smartwatch models that have telephony capabilities, the case doesn’t allow you to dispose of your phone when you go out.

Aside from the weird display, the earphones aim to challenge top-of-the-line ANC earphones with 10mm dynamic drivers and Bluetooth 5.3 support. The company claims that these buttons will have 10 hours of battery life, with the case providing an additional 30 hours on a single charge. Additionally, JBL’s new headphones have six microphones for handling calls; it is not clear if this matrix is ​​also used to handle noise cancellation.

The JBL Tour Pro 2 will be available next year at a price of €249 ($249.75). Unfortunately, the company didn’t share any details about a possible US launch. The company also announced its Tour ONE M2 headphones with 40mm dynamic drivers and up to 30 hours of battery life with ANC on.

Image credits: JBL

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