Kensington Adds Universal Smartphone Accessories

By John Laposky On Aug 2 2010 - 4:01am




REDWOOD SHORES, CALIF. — Kensington’s computer products group will ship a new line of universal smartphone accessories designed to enhance mobility.

The line includes two charging devices, a car mount and two auxiliary cables for the car that are compatible with BlackBerry, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, HTC and other smartphones, according to the company.

Kensington’s Pocket Battery for smartphones (Model K38056US) is a thin, 1.76-ounce rechargeable external lithium-polymer battery that can add up to 3.5 hours of talk time to a depleted smartphone. It can be recharged via USB and includes built-in mini and micro USB charging tips “so there are no parts to lose,” the company said. The suggested retail is $39.99.

Kensington’s USB car charger (K39242US) features an ultra low profile design and charges any USB-powered device through any 12- volt port. It includes an LED power indicator and has a suggested retail of $9.99.

Also new is the universal windshield/vent car mount for smartphones (K39217US). A universal cradle attaches to either an oversized suction cup for windshield mounting, or a vent mounting clip, both included. The cradle has one-button quick release and pivots for vertical or landscape modes. It retails for $29.99.

Kensington is also offering two direct auxiliary audio cables for smartphone/MP3 player use over a vehicle’s sound system through its aux port. The 3.5mm cables are braided for durability and are 4 feet in length. The basic cable (K39202US) retails for a suggested $9.99. A noise-reducing version (K39203US) is said to reduce the hum from a vehicle’s electrical system. It retails for $19.99.

The new line is currently available for preorder at Amazon.com and has begun rolling out at Kensington.com.

“At Kensington we understand that life is busy and on the go, all of the time, so our products must support mobile professionals with the right features to enhance not only their smartphone but the productivity apps they rely on as well,” said Jim Murakami, global product manager. “We give you everything that you need and nothing more. Regardless of where you conduct your business, you can break free of the tether that keeps you at a computer or desk.”

Murakami cited Gartner research data showing that smartphones are on track to be the dominant trend in the handset market as costs fall and performance increases. By 2013, smartphones will out-ship laptops by more than 2-to-1, according to Gartner.

In addition to the new smartphone line, Kensington also announced two new computer accessory SKUs.

Kensington’s laptop locking station (K64625WW) features an all-steel backbone and deflector plates that resist cutting, drilling and prying, and a high-security disk lock that resists bumping and picking, according to the company. It retails for $79.99. An add-on tether kit (K64632WW, $29.99) is also available.

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