Beats Flex wireless headphones launch for $49 with USB-C and W1 chip

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in General Discussion edited October 2020
Apple subsidiary Beats by Dre has launched a new low-cost set of wireless headphones, the $49 Beats Flex during Apple's "Hi, Speed" October event.

Beats Flex in blue, black, yellow, and gray
Beats Flex in blue, black, yellow, and gray


Beats Flex are an evolution of the previous Beats X headphones but now come at a new low price as well as improved sound, long battery life, and USB-C.

The earbuds are connected by a thin "Flex-Form" cable that rests behind your neck and connects wirelessly to your devices over Bluetooth. A sensor on the earbuds detects when they are in or our of your ears to automatically pause your content whenever they are removed.

Beats Flex cost $49
Beats Flex cost $49


With a full charge, now over USB-C instead of Lightning, Beats Flex will achieve 12 hours of use. The internals were optimized for better sound, as well as improved mic performance.

Apple also uses its signature W1 wireless chip for strong connectivity and other Apple-specific features such as seamless pairing across all your Apple devices.

They will be available starting October 23 in black, yellow, blue, and gray for $49.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,758member
    Beats X but $50 cheaper?  Yes please!
    Beatswilliamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    ciacia Posts: 262member
    Perfect timing.  The power button on my BeatsX is being finicky, and after 3 years, they are due for a replacement.  Happy to get a new set at half the price!

    /edit Not mentioned in the article, but you can preorder now from Apple:  https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MYMC2LL/A/beats-flex-all-day-wireless-earphones-beats-black
    edited October 2020 Beatswilliamlondon
  • Reply 3 of 8
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    I wish Beats had it's own keynote with Dre.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 8
    no Siri huh
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    OferOfer Posts: 259unconfirmed, member
    Any idea if these will feature a sound pass-through so that you can hear the environmental sounds around you when out and about?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,435member
    Ofer said:
    Any idea if these will feature a sound pass-through so that you can hear the environmental sounds around you when out and about?
    No.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Eric_WVGG said:
    no Siri huh
    The USB Type C instead of lightning leads The Verge to speculate that Beats Flex are aimed primarily at Android device owners. Remember: Apple made Apple Music their only actual app available on Android - the cheeky and totally unnecessary "move to Android" app that Tim Cook had released when Apple's FUD based platform war against Android was at its peak doesn't count - and its been downloaded by at least 50 million unique accounts. That it also lacks Siri - which naturally wouldn't be any use on any non Apple device - strengthens that theory. Though to it I would add that Beats Flex would be just as good for Windows PCs - which are increasingly utilizing USB C also - as opposed to just Android phones and tablets.
    edited October 2020
  • Reply 8 of 8
    cloudguy said:
    Eric_WVGG said:
    no Siri huh
    The USB Type C instead of lightning leads The Verge to speculate that Beats Flex are aimed primarily at Android device owners. Remember: Apple made Apple Music their only actual app available on Android - the cheeky and totally unnecessary "move to Android" app that Tim Cook had released when Apple's FUD based platform war against Android was at its peak doesn't count - and its been downloaded by at least 50 million unique accounts. That it also lacks Siri - which naturally wouldn't be any use on any non Apple device - strengthens that theory. Though to it I would add that Beats Flex would be just as good for Windows PCs - which are increasingly utilizing USB C also - as opposed to just Android phones and tablets.
    This of course ignores the W1 chip which was added and only works with iOS/macOS. Always-on “Hey, Siri” is probably just not going to make it into $49 headphones, just as ANC wasn’t included either. 
    edited October 2020 watto_cobra
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