It seems like everyone wants to take the AirPod train. Apple's wireless headsets have been so successful that many companies copy this format and offer similar versions of audio hardware. The last in this line? The Xiaomi AirDots.
Atria have many of the same features as AirPods. First of all, they are truly wireless, which means there is no cable in sight on the headphones themselves. The Xiaomi AirDots also have touch controls on the side of the buttons and come with the standard charging box.
From a design point of view, they have a very Apple sense. Discover some pictures:
And this name. "AirDots". I am convinced that Xiaomoi has asked some lawyers to look at the nickname of the product to make sure it is as close as possible to the "AirPods", without it being a legal problem.
Despite all this, the AirDots are promising. First of all, the price. These will cost 199 yuan, less than $ 30. For a pair of true wireless headphones, it's a hell of a price.
It also seems that AirDots will be using the all-new Bluetooth 5.0 technology, a technology you do not often see being so affordable. This means they will use less power and have a more stable connection.
So, should we be concerned about the flagrant crime on the part of Apple?
To be fair to Chinese society, there are not only those inspired by Apple. Google's updated Pixel Buds are not wireless and have a different shape, but their aesthetics are very similar to Apple's headsets.
There are also many other companies offering true wireless headsets to challenge AirPods. We covered a lot on TNW.
Considering how much the AirPods are loved, this should not be too surprising. It's just strange to see Xiaomi create earbuds that directly recall the Apple product.
Nevertheless, AirDots are five times cheaper than AirPods, which sell for about $ 160. If they offer a similar level of performance, they will be a real cry for the budget-conscious consumer.
Currently, Xiaomi AirDots are pre-order in China. Only time will tell if they will reach this end of the world.
Posted on November 7, 2018 – 10:55 UTC