Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Xiaomi has launched a pair of $30 Earbuds, exclusively in China

Xiaomi has launched a pair of $30 Earbuds, exclusively in China

They connect to handsets using the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology, meaning they use less power and should have a more stable connection than devices that use older Bluetooth technology, according to a Next Web report. And similar to AirPods, they come in a charging case that both keeps them safe and sound when you're not using them and fully charged.

Without the chance to test them ourselves, we can't speak to whether the AirDots are a truly convincing clone of the AirPods - but at that extremely low price, we'd be very surprised if they measure up in terms of audio quality and connectivity. If you listen with only one of the buds, the promised battery life is up to five hours.

Spotted by Engadget, the Chinese smartphone maker's $30 AirDots are completely wireless earbuds, created to compete with the likes of AirPods and Pixel Buds, but at a fraction of the price.

While Huawei's FreeBuds are unabashedly designed nearly identical to the Apple AirPods, Xioami's strategy is to simply associate with the stronger brand via its slightly confusing name. However, they aren't noise-cancelling or water-resistant.

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The new Bluetooth 5.0 headphones will cost 199 Yuan at launch (around $28). I'd be surprised if they didn't make their way to the United States and Europe, though. Unfortunately, no news yet of global availability but Xiaomi does have some events scheduled this week so that may still happen. Rumors are circulating about the possibility of the company increasing its presence in the US. We'll have to wait and see.

The wireless earbuds look exactly like their much more expensive rival's and offer similar functionality, including a compact charging case and tappable controls.

At Xiaomi's event in China today, on November 06, the electronics giant has launched a new TV and two Notebooks, but that's not all. Would you buy them as a cheaper alternative to Apple's AirPods?

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