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The new Beats Flex are surprisingly budget wireless earphones from Apple

The new Beats Flex headphones. (Source: Apple)
The new Beats Flex headphones. (Source: Apple)
The Beats by Dre brand has launched its latest pair of wireless earphones. Like the Powerbeats Pro before them, they are of the neckbud variety, but are also much cheaper this time. Nevertheless, they are rated for potentially superior audio quality and connectivity thanks to their Apple audio tech.

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Apple has devoted much of its latest Special Event to the iPhone 12 series, which has been revealed to be as expensive as its predecessors in some cases. However, the company has launched accessories that are much less so. The Beats Flex earphones offer some popular wireless features for a relatively bargain price.

These new products share a "neckbud" form-factor with the Powerbeats, although they resemble something like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z product in looks. Despite their unusually budget nature, they still have the W1 chipset from the original AirPods.

This module allows for "seamless" pairing with any and all of a given user's Apple mobile devices, "Class 1 Bluetooth" and potentially superior connection integrity and Audio Sharing, which allows the same stream to be synced across multiple Beats- or Apple-branded audio devices.

Beats also asserts that these new Flex earphones are rated for "accurate bass and ultra-low distortion" due to their "advanced acoustic platform". Besides this, they boast automatic pausing as a result of connecting them at the earbuds with their integrated magnets, as though Android OEMs have not done this with their own branded neckbuds for quite a while now.

These new wireless earphones are now available in Apple's web-store, if only in their Beats Black or Yuzu Yellow colorways, for US$49.99. There are also Flame Blue or Smoke Gray options, although they will only go on sale later in winter 2020.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 4233 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10-14 (Update: 2020-10-14)