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Apple-owned Beats by Dre have officially released their highly-anticipated Powerbeats Pro. This is the Beats alternative of Apple AirPods, introducing a new, cable-free wireless design, nine hours of battery life, and an Apple H1 chip with “Hey Siri” capability. Here’s everything we know about the new Powerbeats Pro.
A few weeks ago, we reported that a source close to CNET said: “Beats is getting set to release a totally wireless version of its PowerBeats wireless sports headphones.” The source noted it being the Beats version of the Apple AirPods, and be released as early as April.
On April 3rd, Beats by Dre issued a press release officially announcing the Powerbeats Pro. The Powerbeats Pro is Beats by Dre’s own take on the Apple AirPods.
According to the press release: “Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) today introduces Powerbeats Pro, completely wireless earphones that deliver powerful sound for the world’s most passionate music lovers and motivated athletes.”
Furthermore, Beats by Dre even added that Powerbeats Pro is the result of a “deep integration” with the Apple engineering team. Powerbeats Pro is “the result of a deep integration between Beats and Apple engineering, Powerbeats Pro features industry-leading battery life, advanced functionality, reliable connectivity, exceptional fit via the signature ear-hook design and beautiful fidelity,” said the press release.
Cable-free, All-Wireless Design
The Powerbeats Pro was conceived from the same formula that AirPods was created from. Powerbeats Pro is completely wireless like AirPods, but instead, have ear-hooks because they’re targeted more for the athletes who need them.
Beats claims Powerbeats Pro to be 23 percent smaller and 17 percent lighter than its predecessor.
According to the Powerbeats Pro page: “Powerbeats Pro earphones are built to revolutionize your workouts. With zero wires to hold you back, you’ll always have your music to motivate you.”
Inside Powerbeats Pro, you’ll find they feature the same Apple H1 chip as the AirPods 2. Furthermore, the battery inside the Beats is capable of more than nine hours of playback, thanks to a larger design than AirPods.
With the H1 chip, Beats says, “Powerbeats Pro delivers a faster and more stable wireless connection to your devices.” With the H1 chip, Powerbeats Pro also has access to “Hey Siri” just like AirPods 2.
Beats says that Powerbeats Pro is “designed to keep up with your toughest workouts.” This means that Powerbeats Pro feature ear-hooks to make sure they’re always in your ear and cannot be lost easily. Powerbeats Pro has a “reinforced design for sweat and water resistance with adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks for added comfort and stability,” says the product page.
Unlike AirPods though, the Powerbeats Pro have buttons. According to the press release: “Powerbeats Pro features a fully functional, ambidextrous design with identical, physical volume and track controls on each earbud. This means full control over your music and phone calls, regardless of whether you use the left, right or both earbuds.”
According to the Powerbeats Pro product page: “we listened to real athletes and we heard that nothing was more important than sound. Powerbeats Pro delivers powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation for a premium listening experience.”
Beats by Dre further highlighted how well Powerbeats Pro performs when it comes to sound in their press release: “completely re-engineered 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.”
No more floss
Unlike the floss-like charging case for AirPods, Powerbeats Pro features a square box with rounded corners. With the battery inside the charging box, “you’ll get more than 24 hours of combined playback. If you’re in need of extra juice, 5-minute Fast Fuel charging gives 1.5 hours of playback when the battery is low.”
Beats also moved away from Micro USB on Powerbeats 3 to Lightning for charging Powerbeats Pro. Like AirPods, you can pair Powerbeats Pro to your iPhone by just opening the box, Android users will need to do it manually through settings.
Pricing and Availability
Powerbeats Pro will be available starting in May from the Apple website and in Apple Stores in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Additional countries come later in the summer.
Powerbeats Pro will set you back US$249, and come in four colors: Navy, Moss, Ivory, Black.