Jabra Elite 8 Active: New IP68 earbuds arrive with 14 hours of battery life
Jabra has now started selling the Elite 8 Active, a cheaper alternative to the Elite 10 that the company also revealed today. As its name suggests, the Elite 8 Active is a more weatherproof alternative to the Elite 10, which is IP57-certified. By contrast, the Elite 8 Active is IP68 certified, although Jabra has only certified the bundled charging case to IP54.
At any rate, this IP rating should mean that the Elite 8 Active is as dust and water-resistant as most high-end smartphones. According to Jabra, the earbuds should also last up to 8 hours with ANC enabled, 2 hours more than the Elite 10. Better still, disabling ANC increases official battery life estimates to 14 hours. For reference, the Elite 8 Active delivers up to 32 hours of battery life when factoring in its bundled charging case.
Jabra has made cost savings in a few areas though, such as including 6 mm drivers rather than the 10 mm equivalents it offers in the Elite 10. The Elite 8 Active mirrors the Elite 10 by supporting Bluetooth 5.3 while covering just the AAC and SBC codecs. Moreover, the Elite 8 Active lacks the spatial audio integration that the Elite 10 masters. The Elite 8 Active is orderable now in Black, Caramel, Grey and Navy Blue colour options for US$199.99, €199.99 and £199.99 in the US, Eurozone and the UK, respectively. Please see Jabra's website for more details.