Surface Buds set to launch next month with a price cut
Announced last October, the Surface Earbuds are almost as delayed as Google's new Pixel Buds. However, WinFuture now claims that German retailers are gearing up to release the Surface Earbuds on May 6. Launching at €199 (~US$215), there is no word yet on whether Microsoft will still charge US$249 for them in the US. Regardless, €199 would make the Surface Earbuds some of the priciest TWS earbuds alongside the AirPods, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and Sony WF-1000XM3.
Marketed as a "break free from the ordinary", the Surface Earbuds do not offer active noise cancellation (ANC) or Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Instead, the earbuds rely on the older Bluetooth 4.2 standard. They do support aptX though, while Microsoft complements their 13.6 mm drivers with two microphones per earbud.
Microsoft promises up to eight hours between charges too, with the Surface Earbuds apparently lasting up to twenty-four hours of use before the charging case also needs topping up. The Surface Earbuds support Swift Pair with Surface devices too and have touch controls for music and in-call controls.