After a month of delay, Beat by Dre is now ready to release the latest BeatsX wireless earphones in the market. Announced back in September of last year, the BeatsX was unveiled together with the Apple AirPods, just a reminder though that Apple acquired Beats By Dre since 2014 and has been a part of its production since then and despite the seemingly different names, the Apple branded and Beats By Dre branded accessories will either share technologies or will have a familiar (if not the same design) for both brands.
The new BeatsX uses the same W1 Chip from the Apple AirPods and is also a wireless earphone but unlike the Apple branded product, The BeatsX features a Flex Form Neckband – a feature similar to Sports bluetooth headsets available in the market. Like most wireless headsets and earphones, the BeatsX uses bluetooth technology to connect with wireless-enabled devices and can seamlessly connect with an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac (because they are primarily designed to work for these devices) but that doesn’t end there, it should also work with any device that has the same wireless technology on them as well.
The wireless earphone provides 8 hours of battery life with what Apple calls “Fast Fuel” charging – Apple’s term for fast charging which enables the BeatsX to give a 2 hours of playback on a 5 minute charging.
The BeatsX will become available in Apple online stores, Apple physical retail stores and authorized sellers starting February 10 in the US. The wireless earphone launches in Black and White color options but there will also be a Blue and Gray color variants on the later date. It’s currently priced at$US 149.95 in the US, though Apple/Beats By Dre haven’t announced a global availability of the accessory for now but it’s more likely that it will become available in other regions and markets gradually.