Beats' Truly Wireless Powerbeats Pro To Launch On May 10


Beats' Powerbeats Pro are hitting the shelves soon.

It has been tagged with a May release date before, and now there's a more specific launch day.

Powerbeats Pro Availability

As 9to5Mac reports, the Powerbeats Pro will go up for preorder for $249.95 on starting at 7 a.m. PT or 10 a.m. ET on May 3 in the United States and Canada, and then it'll be in stores on May 10.

At first, it'll be available in black. The other color options, which are ivory, moss, and navy, will roll out sometime in the summer.

Announced earlier in April, Beats' first truly wireless earbuds is equipped with Apple's H1 chip, giving it hands-free "Hey Siri" support. It's the successor to the Powerbeats3 Wireless, coming in with audio and performance upgrades.

AirPods 2 vs. Powerbeats Pro

Tech Times has written up a more comprehensive comparison between the Powerbeats Pro and the AirPods 2, but just to give a quick summary, the two share a lot of similarities.

For instance, they have the same H1 chip, meaning they both support hands-free "Hey Siri" voice commands and have improved battery life compared with their predecessors and their W1 chips.

Unlike the AirPods 2, the Powerbeats Pro features physical buttons to adjust volume, change tracks, and answer or reject calls. It also has better noise isolation since it does have in-ear plugs.

Regarding battery life, Powerbeats Pro promises nine hours, which is four hours more than what the AirPods 2 offers. On top of that, it features Fast Fuel, a fast-charging tech that's touted to provide 1.5 hours' worth of playback in only five minutes' time. Only the AirPods 2 comes with a wireless charging case, though.

Form factor is one of the key differences between the two, where the Powerbeats Pro can arguably be considered as a sporty variant of the AirPods 2. Pricing is another deciding factor. The Powerbeats Pro costs $249.95, while the AirPods 2 is $199 with a wireless charging case or $159 with a standard case.

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