Owners of iOS devices are spoilt for choice when it comes to docking stations to use their mobile device with. It’s just a simple case of sliding the device on and then being able to listen to your music and charge the device at the same time. Meanwhile users of the Android platform have had to plug their device in via a lead or they weren’t universal. Now Philips looks to have overcome this after launching their new Flexidock Android docking stations.
The company has launched three new products that work with the free Fidelio Android app, which according to Recombu enables automatic Bluetooth paring as soon as the device is docked. The flagship model is the Philips Fidelio AS851 costing £199 that can be seen above, which is a unit designed to be used in the living room.
It has a claimed output of 30 watts alongside Philips Digital sound processing, which is designed to reduce distortion. You also get a remote control for a unit that shares the same body as the Fidelio DS8500 iPod dock. It was found using the device with the Samsung Galaxy Note the Flexidock worked well.
With this the handset could be used over the other side of the room, but it did unsurprisingly drain the battery quicker. If you receive a message it can be heard through both the handset and the dock. Other models in the range include the Fidelio AS351 costing £129,which has a 10 watt output with Dynamic Bass Boost for lower level tones.
The cheapest of the range is the Philips Fidelio AS111 that has been designed to be used as a bedside clock with a 360-degree speaker, and costs £70. Philips has also announced they are working on an Airplay equivalent Android Wireless HiFi docks, which will be released next year. The new devices are available now from Dixons Group stores and selected online retailers.