Xiaomi Offers AirPods Alternative for $30

Xiaomi Releases AirDots Wireless Earbuds With Bluetooth 5.0

Apple can perhaps be credited for popularizing the already existing "true" wireless earbuds market, giving birth to both new products and knock-offs. First off, the AirDots will last up to four hours on a charge, instead of Apple's AirPods six hours. This time around, the company has launched its own AirPods competitor: the AirDots. For $169, you get a pair of wireless earphones that look a lot like regular iPhone headphones.

While Huawei's FreeBuds are unabashedly designed nearly identical to the Apple AirPods, Xioami's strategy is to simply associate with the stronger brand via its slightly confusing name. Xiaomi is known for offering good value for money, and we hope this will translate to its affordable AirDots with Bluetooth 5.0, cringy name notwithstanding.

In terms of functionally, the AirDots sound (no pun intended) pretty basic.


Each earbud is quite light at 4.2g and packs a 7.2mm driver. Additionally, the headset will be able to play music for up to 4 hours, and they will ship with a case which will charge these for up to 12 hours. Theres a touch sensitive area on its side so you can control the music player, answer calls and, yes, summon the digital assistant.

It's biggest selling factor is its selling price. The company just scheduled a NY event yesterday, with "notable celebrities" and promises to showcase its latest and greatest products.

According to MySmartPrice, the AirPods also popped up as listed for Bluetooth 5.0 certification in the Bluetooth SIG database with the model numbers A2031 and A2032 under an AirPods product listing; "AirPods" has since been removed from the record, but the rest remains.

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