In April, Nokia revealed their Lumia 930 and a few other bits, including their new MD-12 portable Bluetooth speaker. A few months went by and finally the MD-12 started hitting various shops, though it is still relatively difficult to find (even for myself). That is why I was surprised to find it sitting on Microsoft's online Store for $49 in green, yellow, white or orange (sold out) – news to me, at least.
Mark, Sam and myself played with the MD-12 at the launch event (see the hands on video) and it is an impressive little thing. For one, it is obviously great for travel as I can toss it in my suitcase with ease. However, it is the ability to use 'surface resonance' that is truly unique to the MD-12. In short, whatever you place the speaker on for a surface becomes part of the speaker. Different objects create different effects, including placing it on your chest, which is truly awesome (and bizarre). The speaker is quite loud for its size and the bass resonance ability; it is more powerful than it lets on to be.
Microsoft Store - Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker ($49.99; free ground shipping)
I have just ordered one up, and I will follow up in a few days with some quick thoughts on it. If, however, you are looking to pick one up in the US, at least you now know where you can get it (note: most local Microsoft Stores do not carry it, though you can check their inventory). Due to the Microsoft and Nokia mobile acquisition, it looks like the Microsoft Store is finally getting inventory on all of Nokia's accessories.
Anyone already own an MD-12? Let us know in comments what you think!
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