updated 11:00 am EST, Wed February 13, 2008
BBerry Stereo Gateway Leak
Research in Motion's Remote Stereo Gateway music hub has been exposed, courtesy of a premature listing for the device through Tessco. The online store largely confirms details and notes that the Gateway is designed not just for BlackBerries but other devices as well. Any device that supports Bluetooth's A2DP stereo audio profile, including computers and rival phones, can use the device to pipe music through to a home stereo. It also functions in reverse and supplies audio from a conventional device to a set of Bluetooth headphones.
Though a ship date is unavailable, Tessco sets a price of $80 for the Gateway, likely echoing the official asking price for the product when it goes on sale. RIM has yet to announce its wireless hub but may be close given the existence of a final product shot and marketing material.
The news brings RIM closer to its first product outside of its trademark BlackBerry messaging and smartphone devices as well as a greater focus on home users, which have often been sidestepped by the Canadian firm in favor of business- and government-oriented devices. [via BGR]