Xiaomi copies AirPods and beats Apple in two ways!

ByJordan Hobbs 2019-06-14 457

Xiaomi attacks Apple: With the new AirDots, the Chinese manufacturer is entering direct competition with the AirPods, not just in name. Xiaomi's wireless headphones are particularly convincing in terms of price - which is really unbeatable. The hardware is also impressive. Unfortunately, there is still a catch.

Xiaomi AirDots

AirPod competitors: Xiaomi AirDots with Bluetooth 5.0

Apple's wireless in-ear headphones AirPods have once again faced competition. Xiaomi's AirDots look very similar, even though they are a bit smaller overall. Instead of just white, the Chinese version is also available in other colours. Bluetooth 5.0 is also supported, which should have a positive effect on battery life. The AirPods have to do without the fast wireless standard. The Xiaomi earphones are controlled at the touch of a finger. Calls can be answered if a smartphone is connected via Bluetooth. An AirDot weighs 4.2 grams.

Also included is a charging cradle, which looks the same as Apple's AirPods only by chance. When plugged in, the headphones draw the power they need. The charging cradle itself can be recharged via USB.

In contrast to the AirPods, whose in-ear element is made of plastic, Xiaomi uses a silicone jacket for the AirDots. This is intended to ensure a more comfortable fit in the ears and better sound insulation at the same time. It is not yet possible to say how the sound quality will ultimately be compared to that of the AirPods.

Xiaomi AirDots for 25 Euro, but...

Xiaomi would like to bring the AirDots to the start for the equivalent of 25 euros. The advance sale has already started. Unfortunately, there is currently no information about whether the manufacturer will offer the wireless headphones outside China. If they are ever offered officially in Germany, we have to prepare ourselves for higher prices. Alternatively, Xiaomi has announced that it will include the AirDots as an accessory for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 smartphone.

For comparison: Apple's AirPods are currently available from Amazon for 166.90 Euro*, including the charging cradle. A successor model with Bluetooth 5.0, an increased range and significantly higher speed is already being planned. Apple has not yet communicated when AirPods 2 will be launched on the market. It is possible that they will be officially launched before the end of this year. But they should not be cheaper than the AirDots from Xiaomi, that is already certain.

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