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Xiaomi’s new earbuds look a little bit too similar to Apple AirPods

They are a lot cheaper than AirPods, however, so there’s that.

xiaomi air dots earbuds being worn in-ear
Image: Xiaomi

In today’s episode of “Copied Homework,” Xiaomi today unveiled a new pair of wireless headphones called the AirDots Pro (aka “Mi Bluetooth Headset Air”).

The true wireless headphones have a similar look to the Apple AirPods, with the signature ‘arm’ that houses the microphone and Bluetooth receiver, and even coming in a flip-top carrying case very similar to the trendsetting Apple set. Xiaomi has often been criticized for copying Apple’s designs, so why change now?

More about the buds

Each earbud has touch controls, so you can control your music and invoke your voice assistant of choice. Oh, and they’ll likely work with Android so that’s a plus over the AirPods.

They can be used independently, offer water resistance, a four-hour battery life, and the case will give another 10 hours worth of charging, recharging the buds fully in one hour.

xiaomi mi airdots

Image: Xiaomi

One major drawback to AirPods is the lack of silicon inserts for noise isolation and better fit. Xiaomi’s AirDots do have silicon ear tips, so you might find they fit your ears better. Reportedly, there’s a black version coming as well, so you’re not stuck with basic white.

It remains to be seen how well they perform sound-wise, but I expect they’ll be no slouch. Xiaomi’s best-known earbuds, the Piston, garnered awards and shifted millions of units so it’s not like they don’t know what they’re doing.

Oh, and the price? Around $60, so I’m all about that clone life. They’ll be easiest to pick up on sites like AliExpress, where Xiaomi has a substantial presence.

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