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Beats announces Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones with Apple H1 chip

Beats announces Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones with Apple H1 chip

Similar to the second-gen AirPods, the Beats Powerbeats Pro is powered by the Apple H1 chip which offers "Hey Siri" voice action even touching using your phone or the earphones.

While AirPods cost from $159 to $199 depending on the charging case you choose, Powerbeats Pro will cost $249.95 when they land this coming May in the USA and another twenty countries.

Keeping the tradition, Apple will most likely announce 2019 iPhones at a September press event and shipping will start not long after. While it doesn't seem like anything has changed when it comes to music playback, Beats might just have the alternative that you're looking for with its new PowerBeats Pro.

No power button means no worries. According to Beats, the new PowerBeats Pro is 23% smaller and 17% lighter than the wired Powerbeats 3. You can use just one speaker at a time or both together in stereo.

There's a lot of difference between the Powerbeats Pro and the AirPods 2. In case you wish to use the Powerbeats Pro with your Android phone, you might have to buy a Lightning cable as an additional accessory.

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SoundPEATS SporFi: I've owned an older pair of SoundPEATS' budget sports headphones for years and, while they're far from fancy, they get the job done.

Thanks to Bluetooth 5 in the H1 chipset, you get the same kind of quick pairing and switching, solid connection, and extended range as AirPods. But on paper, it's a big win for both. Images of these true wireless in-ears leaked a couple of weeks ago, and now we have the all-important specs and pricing.

A great fit, clever features, and solid connectivity won't matter if the Powerbeats Pro don't sound great.

On the bright side, you do get Fast Fuel technology for 1.5 hours of playback after only 5 minutes of charging and up to a whopping 4.5 hours after 15 minutes of charging. You just don't have to charge the Beats as often to reach it.

Yeaaaaah. Powerbeats Pro come in colors. That said, at $250, the Powerbeats Pros are pricey compared to competing third-party products, so it's worth considering other available options before purchasing the Pros.