For starters, AirDots are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, which the second-generation of AirPods are expected to have if they’re ever released. Just this feature will save the Xiaomi version energy, making for more efficient battery usage. Plus, the range will increase, and functioning will be much quicker than with the previous Bluetooth standard that AirPods are currently using.
In contrast with the exterior design of Apple’s AirPods, the AirDots are much subtler and don’t extend beyond your ear like the stem of the Apple version does. Plus, the silicon tips will make them more secure in your ear while providing better sound isolation. As for what the devices have in common, both feature tappable controls as well as a compact charging case. Each are only available in white.
Unfortunately, these earphones are only available for pre-order to the Chinese market for 199 yuan. At less than $30 compared to the $159.99 price tag of the AirPods, it’s a shame that these devices (nor any other Xiaomi smartphone accessories or even the smartphones themselves) aren’t available to the US market; however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Xiaomi’s Operational Project Manager for the North America region, Aaron Yang, announced on Reddit Tuesday that the company will be hosting a New York event in December to show off some of the brand’s latest and greatest products.
Though the Mi Mix 3 smartphone is expected to make its debut at this event, the company’s symbolic presence in the US is what fans are more excited about. If the company wants to present more mainstream Xiaomi devices to the American market, it’s a good sign that the smartphones, too, may be expanding soon to North America. If this is the case, we can hope that the AirDots are on their way, as well.