US tech cyclopean Apple announced the release of wireless earbuds branded under their sister company Beats by Dr. dre. The Beats X Wireless Earbuds
are released globally as of 10 February,2017. They are priced at $149.95 (roughly Rs. 10,000), and will be available via Apple Stores and the Apple site. We couldn't help but notice that they are about $10 cheaper than Apple's own AirPods earbuds which retail for $159 or Rs. 15,400 in India.
With a Tag-line of GOT NO STRING
, they are well determined to introduce wireless earphones to your life. The Apple's site has already listed the White and Black color options of the Beats X. Alongside that, the Grey and Blue color variants are also set to supervene soon.
The Beats X wireless earphones are determined to deliver up to eight hours of battery life. With what Beats calls it a "Fast Fuel" technology
, a five-minute charge backs you up with two hours of playback. The charging can be done using the Lightning to USB Type-A cable which is added in the box. Thankfully, we don't have to carry 2 different chargers for our iPhones and the Wireless Earbuds like in Beats by Dr. Dre
Another thoughtful feature is magnetic earbuds
that can be joined together when not being used. Along with that, four different-sized eartips come bundled with the Beats X earphones, to make sure you get a perfect snug fit. Also, removable secure-fit wingtip options are added to further personalized comfort and stability. While Apple has made sure that wingtips provide a more secure fit, the earphones are not sweat-proof
, in case you want music on your long runs using it.
"The earbuds come with unique flex-form cable that provides all-day comfort and easy pocket portability, while eartip options provide a personalized fit and secure-fit wingtips offer added stability," Apple said in a statement.
The earbuds also have an on-board microphone and a button that allows you to take calls and control music. It can also activate Siri to perform various functions when you are several feet away from your iPhone. You will be needing an iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3 to avail this feature . Since it is controlled via bluetooth other devices also can be connected.
Unveiled alongside the Apple AirPods at the company's iPhone launch event in September, the BeatsX headphones are powered by the same W1
chip that powers the AirPods. This allows the new headphones to pair quickly and easily with the new iPhones. They are Bluetooth-enabled, so they work with other media sources as well.
All this comes brimming in a pocket-size, portable carry case
to make sure you don't loose these priced possessions.
Not much can be said about the technicalities, but Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre's collaboration has not disappointed us before.
Keep watching this space as we soon unbox and review them in our own Experience Studio
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