The first truly wireless Beats earbuds have finally arrived.
Beats unveiled its new Powerbeats Pro earbuds today which are a successor to the Powerbeats 3 buds that feature an over-the-ear support system. The new Powerbeats Pro feature some of the same features you’ll find on the new AirPods, only in a sporty, sweat-resistant package with more color options and a larger price tag.
Check out the teaser:
Powerbeats Pro pack 9 hours of listening time in each earbud. The charging case gives you an additional 24 hours of playback and can give you 1.5 hours of playback after just 5 minutes of charging. Controls have been placed on both earbuds too so you can use one or both.
Like the new AirPods, Powerbeats Pro use Apple’s new H1 Bluetooth chip for improved connectivity. Each earbud connects independently to your device so there should be fewer dropouts. “Hey Siri” support has also been added thanks to a speech-detecting accelerometer in each earbud combined with two beam-forming microphones on each side.
The earbuds don’t have a power button. They automatically turn on when you take them out of the case and power off when you put them back. There’s also a motion accelerometer that detects when they’re not in use and puts them in sleep mode so you don’t waste battery life.
Powerbeats Pro is compatible with both iOS and Android device. You’ll be able to find them in stock at Apple stores starting in May. Color options include black, ivory, moss and navy for $249.95.