We’ve seen music phones before, back in the days they came from Sony Ericsson with a Walkman branding. Now they’re coming from the likes of Marshall and even Pioneer has entered the game with the Onkyo GRANBEAT DP-CMX1 Hi-Res Audio handset, pictured below.
Unveiled at CES 2017, the phone is now for sale in Asia, priced at $774. It features Pioneer acoustics, support for hi res audio, a music board, DACs and amplification systems. There are also two audio jacks in the mix. Twin DACs with ESS Sabre technology are available, as well as a Twin amp with Sabre Sound. In order to prevent noise from entering, the audio board has a three zone design.
The device is also capable of converting digital signal to analog and provides a balanced headphone output. Onkyo GRANBEAT itself is more of a midrange affair, with a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It also has a microSD card slot, dual SIM slots, LTE connectivity and a 3000 mAh battery. There’s also a 5 inch full HD screen in the mix, a main 16 MP camera and a front 8 MP shooter.
115 dB or more are promised here and the volume dial is tailor made so it feels like the one of a stereo. Hopefully this product also reaches Europe and the US. Quite the interesting look I have to say.