Beats Pill Bluetooth portable speaker with NFC chip for iOS now available for $199

Beats Electronics just announced the availability of its Jawbone speaker alternative, the Beats Pill.

The four-speaker system is compatible with iOS and Android via Bluetooth 4.0, and it amplifies app audio and supports all call functions including conference calls due to a built-in microphone. It also boasts an NFC chip so users can pair an NFC-enabled smartphone with just a tap.

Additional specs:

  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery provides 7 hours of continuous play
  • AC Power adapter with USB receptacle for charging
  • Auto shut-off after 30 minutes of no signal detection in order to conserve battery life
  • 3.5mm line out for connection to an external speaker system
  • Built-in mic for hands free conferencing
  • Echo cancellation for call clarity and feedback control
  • 8 Bluetooth profiles
  • Tap-to-pair NFC and apt-X technology for easy and instant Bluetooth audio

It is available today in black, red, and white options for $199 at Beats’ website and select retailers.

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The full press release is below.

(The company also announced The Beats By Dr. Dre Executive Headphones for $299.95. Complete details are in the presser below.)