The smartphone world is slowly but steadily marching towards the wireless world. And like every other trend, Apple is at the forefront leading it. The company has clearly expressed its focus on wireless charging with the recent iPhones. However, while that remains a task yet to be accomplished, Apple has already led the world to truly wireless earphones.
While the Cupertino giant may not be the first one to implement it, the AirPods are actually what have brought the wireless earphones into its limelight. The AirPods, launched alongside the iPhone 7, have exponentially risen to the top. They are amongst the best options for media consumption, thanks to their ease of use as well as their performance. What’s more is that it comes with Apple’s Siri assistant as well, which is an added bonus. However, all this comes at a price. The AirPods retail at $159 or approximately Rs. 12,000 in India. Well, if you’re a fan of the AirPods design but don’t want to spend a lot, there might be some good news for you.
Xiaomi’s attempt at AirPods – AirDots
Xiaomi is a company that has made a name for itself by launching products that outrightly copy Apple’s design language. In a similar fashion, recent reports suggest that Xiaomi is working on an AirPods clone as well. Dubbed the AirDots, the idea is to create affordable AirPods.
As of now, not much is known about the AirDots. However, we expect the wireless earphones to carry Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility along with support for HD audio codecs. There’s a chance that Xiaomi might also look into creating a wireless charging case for the AirDots. Lastly, Xiaomi also has its own voice assistant, called the XiaoAI. As such, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the AirDots carried XiaoAI built into them, especially in Chinese markets.
Xiaomi not alone
While cheap local copies of the AirPods have been around for a long time now, Xiaomi seems to be one of the bigger names attempting their feat at the copy. However, they are not alone. Huawei, another Chinese giant, who recently overtook Apple as the world’s no. 2 in smartphone share, is said to be working upon Free Buds, which also look quite similar to Apple’s AirPods.