Beats Introduces a $250 AirPods Alternative — ‘Powerbeats Pro’

Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones will be available to pre-order on Apple.com starting on May 3rd.

The Powerbeats Pro will be available for purchase in stores one week later on May 10th.  The new Beats earphones are powered by the same Apple H1 chip featured in the AirPods 2.  That means they work with the ‘Hey Siri’ command.

Beats Powerbeats Pro features a longer battery life, and physical playback controls missing on the AirPods. These two features alone may make them superior than Apple’s second-generation AirPods, which released for $159 ($199 with wireless charging case) earlier this year.  The Powerbeats Pro will retail for $249.95.

The Powerbeats Pro features a few major upgrades over the Powerbeats 3 wireless earbuds.  For starters, the Powerbeats Pro earphones are entirely wireless; there’s no cord between the earbuds.

Beats says they have completely re-engineered the new earphones from the inside-out.

“The earphones boast an upgraded linear piston driver that leverages an efficient, pressurized airflow to create a powerful acoustic response in a small package. Enhanced sound quality means incredibly low distortion and great dynamic range across the entire frequency curve.”

Powerbeats Pro earphones are available in one of four colors including Black, Ivory, Navy, and Moss. Currently, only the black Powerbeats Pro will be available at launch. The colored versions will be released later this summer.

Each pair of Powerbeats Pro ship with four sizes of changeable ear tips and an adjustable ear hook for keeping them in place.

Powerbeats Pro earphones are rated for wet and water resistance, while Apple’s own AirPods are not.

The Powerbeats Pro command a premium price compared to AirPods ($250 vs. $199), but the ear hooks and water resistance may be worth the extra fifty bucks to many people.

Apple is rumored to be hard at work on a third-generation of AirPods that may have an entirely different design from the first two generations. AirPods 3 is also rumored to feature noise-canceling technology.

Check out this video from Beats to see more differences between these earphones and Apple’s AirPods.

The Powerbeats Pro command a premium price compared to AirPods ($250 vs. $199), but the ear hooks and water resistance may be worth the extra fifty bucks to many people.

Apple is rumored to be hard at work on a third-generation of AirPods that may have an entirely different design from the first two generations. AirPods 3 is also rumored to feature noise-canceling technology.

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    Sebe Kah

    They don’t seem to understand that if they are to compete they have to come up with a similar design. There are lots of competitors with different design. This one is to big and bulky and the reason airoid is so popular is ONLY because of the design.