As if we didn’t have enough headphones to choose from, the often-leaked Beats Studio Buds have been announced. The earbuds come in three different colors and are available in black, red, or white, while being priced at $149.99.
Beats and Apple went back to the drawing board when it came to the design of these earbuds, as you’ll find a much more compact design than just about any other Beats headphones we’ve seen. These are the supposed successors to the Powerbeats Pro from a couple of years ago, and ditch the ear hook that helped keep those secured on and in your ear.
With the Studio Buds, we have more of a design that falls in line with what we are seeing from the plethora of other truly wireless earbuds. To go along with the new design, Beats has packed Active Noise Cancellation along with Transparency mode, IPX4 water and sweat resistance, and up to five hours of battery life. This gets extended to up to eight hours of juice if you have ANC and Transparency turned off. Likely done as a way to cut costs, Beats has ditched the wireless charging capabilities of the case, leaving users only with the option to use the USB-C charging port on the bottom.
Up until now, iOS users were the only ones who were able to take advantage of the fast-pairing features and “Hey, Siri” voice commands. But maybe Apple is changing its tune a bit towards the Android crowd, as the Studio Beats are also compatible with Google’s Fast Pair and Find My Device features. This will provide much-faster pairing, allowing you to forget about diving into the Settings app just to pair your new headphones. Plus, you’ll now be able to locate your missing earbuds, even if you’re using an Android phone.
It will be interesting to see how these stack up against the likes of the Galaxy Buds Pro and 2nd-gen Amazon Echo Buds. The Beats Studio Buds are available for pre-order starting today, are priced at $149.99, and will officially arrive on June 25th.