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Today's phones are big. They're practically trying to be HDTVs, which makes it hard to get them into your pants, and even harder to get them out. So Sony is releasing a teeny tiny phone for your phone that can answer calls with a microphone and a speaker. Insert Xzibit joke here. The BRH10 was shown off at Mobile World Congress back in February, and it's on pre-order at a few places, but you can't buy it yet. You can, however, install the companion app that controls its functions.

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See, the BRH10 isn't just a Bluetooth headset, though it's got that functionality. It's also a tiny media remote - note the volume and compass buttons. It also has at least some rudimentary control of Android itself, as evidenced by Sony's standard home and back buttons. So it's not just a tiny surrogate for your phone that's so big it's no longer good at being a phone (lookin' at you, Xperia Z Ultra). The basic design mirrors the Xperia line, including IP57 water resistance. Dedicated Android newshounds might recall that HTC tried something similar last year.

Here's a lengthy hands-on from YouTube user nDevil TV.

Interestingly, the BRH10 is showing as compatible with all of my Android 4.4 devices, none of which are made by Sony. So like Sony's Smartwatch line, you should be able to use this gizmo with phones and tablets from other manufacturers. It could come in quite handy if you regularly use your Android device to display movies on a living room TV - one less reason to trek across the wide desert of carpet to the entertainment center. The app relies on the separate Smart Connect, which also works with non-Sony hardware.

We don't know when Sony will release the BRH10, but when they do, it should be under $100.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • yay

    yay

    • wow

      wow

      • meh

        meh

  • GazaIan

    If the cycle of tech acts on this thing, the companion phone will become bigger and bigger, gain a screen, become even bigger, and eventually we'll have a companion for the companion.

    • J_Pod

      And then people will stop using their larger phones and what will we end up with? Right smack back to using feature phones. Full circle

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        The Motorola X3 Razr. The world's first screenless flip phone.

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  • TopXKiller

    Add this to a watch and I'd be interested

  • RadarJammer

    The Z2 tablet has phone functionality, too. But I prefer some nice BT headsets for calls.

  • Syukri Lajin

    it would be awesome to have a companion phone the same size and shape as the old generation keypad phones. with the tiny screen just good enough to read and reply a text/whatsapp message. it will save a lot of battery power i guess since most of the time i turned on the phone just to reply some messages. to be honest, i prefer typing on the dumbphone physical keyboard rather than the touch screen

  • henry

    Thanks for the video! If I may make a suggestion... can you subtitle your videos in english? I really applaud you for recording this in your non-native language, but it is very challenging for me to understand what it is that you are saying. Please dont take it negatively, I am sure I would do much much worse trying to speak your native language.