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Beats announces first true wireless headphones, the Powerbeats Pro

The Powerbeats Pro headphones will make use of Apple’s advanced H1 chip

Audio technology designer Beats has announced Powerbeats Pro, the company’s first ever pair of true wireless earbuds. The result of an ongoing collaboration with Apple, these headphones leverage the same H1 chip that you’ll find in the AirPods and AirPods 2.

As a result, Beats Electronics president Luke Woods says that you can expect an uncompromising pair of headphones that deliver “a harmonious blend of premium sound, fit and functionality”.

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The Powerbeats Pro headphones are 23% smaller and 17% lighter than previous Powerbeats models. Both earbuds have audio controls built in, and are also Siri-enabled for completely hands-free voice controls. The earbuds are water-resistant, which also means sweat-resistant: like their predecessors, the Powerbeats Pro headphones are designed for active users.

The company says they’ll last up to nine hours of playback on a single charge, and more than 24 hours when combined with the charging case. That puts Apple’s AirPods – which offer around five hours on a single charge – and most other true wireless earbuds to shame.

That case will allow the Powerbeats Pro 1hr 30mins of playback after a mere five minutes of charging, and around four-and-a-half hours after 15 minutes.

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Beats also highlights the newly designed audio drivers and adjusted fit – both of which will contribute toward a clearer sound – as well as a brand-new speech-detecting accelerometer that aids in call clarity even in noisy environments.

The Powerbeats Pro will launch in May in the UK, and will cost £220. For the fashion-conscious, the headphones will launch in four colours: black, ivory, moss and navy. You can find out more via the Apple Store.

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