Corroborating yesterday’s report, CNET today said that the upcoming BeatsX earphones with the Apple W1 wireless chip and a new neckband design will be launching this Friday, February 10, in the United States. The earbuds will be available to purchase from Apple.com and company-owned retail stores. Aside from the existing Black and White color options, CNET has learned that the $150 accessory will be available in two additional finishes, Gray and Blue, following this Friday’s launch.
BeatsX feature a new neckband design with a flexible cord and magnets that prevent the earbuds from flying around when not in use. The earphones use Apple’s W1 wireless chip for reliable Bluetooth connections and crisp digital sound.
Apple’s wireless accessories like AirPods, PowerBeats3 and Beats Solo3 also integrate the W1 chip, but BeatsX, when they arrive this Friday, will officially become the most affordable W1-outfitted earphones on the market.
Other BeatsX features include a Siri-compatible RemoteTalk with built-in playback controls, 8-hour battery life and a Fast Fuel feature that gets you two hours of playback time with a quick five-minute charge.
BeatsX are Apple’s first earphones with a built-in Lightning port for charging.
BeatsX availability can be checked with iStockNow’s BeatsX activity tracker.