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Jawbone's popular JAMBOX Bluetooth speaker is going to be getting a younger, but much larger sibling dubbed simply BIG JAMBOX soon. This information comes from a recent FCC filing (via WirelessGoodness) which doesn't seem to reveal much of anything past the new name. However, armed with this knowledge, I was able to dig up an earlier report by iLounge which caught wind of something they called JAMBOX BIG back in November. Researching further, I stumbled into upcoming product listings on Amazon for the Graphite Hex and Red Dot variants together with a number of interesting tidbits to go with them:

  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches ; 2.7 pounds
  • Item model number: J2011-03-US
  • Bluetooth Wire Free Speaker and Speakerphone
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Wall Power Adaptor, 60" USB Cable, and 3.5mm Audio Cable Included
  • Wireless range of 33 ft.
  • Fill up any room with unbelievable sound

Compare the above to the original JAMBOX:

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 1.6 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Item model number: JBE02
  • Wireless portable speaker in red connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods, or any other Bluetooth device
  • Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone, and conference calls anywhere
  • Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum
  • Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone's MyTalk portal
  • Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery

As you can see, BIG JAMBOX's dimensions really do make it much larger than the original. Additionally, it's rated for 2 more hours while operating on battery power and comes with a wall power adapter which the original didn't include. Unfortunately, there are no pictures available, and all we have are the two colors (though iLounge also suggested white).

The original JAMBOX is now one of my favorite mobile accessories - it's relatively tiny, so I take it everywhere I go. Paired with my Epic 4G Touch, I have music that actually sounds quite good (especially after the recent LiveAudio update) in places I would otherwise only have a tinny speaker. Heck, I even use it daily when working in the dining room (it's become my local office for now). Clearly, BIG JAMBOX is shooting for a different, more stationary market - a perfectly understandable move on Jawbone's part.

If you want to sign up for updates about BIG JAMBOX, head over to either Amazon page (Graphite Hex or Red Dot) and push the yellow Sign Up button on the right. We'll keep an eye on this bad boy as well on our end.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schnietz

    Twelve hours is good battery life for a product like Jawbone.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Jawbone is a company name, you're probably thinking of their earpieces. Jambox is a portable speaker.

  • doug

    How does this work as a car speakerphone?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure I would lug the BIG one around, it seems a bit too big. And the little one could probably work just fine - it has a mic. But still, I would probably use my phone's speakerphone or a headset - not a fan of speakers being used for conversations, especially in the car.

      • doug

        I drive alone so it's perfect for me. Unless it's a Motorola, built in speakers never are loud enough for me.

  • Deltaechoe

    Meh, jawbone anything is overpriced, just like bose. The original JAMBOX had a terrible msrp to performance ratio, being easily outperformed sonically by devices 50 dollars cheaper (logitech wireless boombox). I'm sure there are other examples of even less expensive devices, I just haven't listened to them to give an honest comparison

  • JC

    I agree with Deltaechoe. It IS overpriced. I bought one on Black Friday for a 15% discount. The design is pretty flashy and slick, however the sound is lacking. You can definitely fill a room with sound, given it is no larger than an empty bedroom. The concept of the device, being small/portable with big sound is fantastic - it just needs to be engineered that way. The extra 1.1 pounds put on this BIG Jambox will definitely add some loudness, making it worth looking at - just as long as it doesn't cost ANOTHER arm and leg.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Have you guys tried upgrading the firmware to the latest (I think 2.1)? Mine definitely gained max volume after that (as long as you don't use the new LiveAudio mode. I used to complain BT isn't loud enough, I'm pretty sure it's much better now.