After Xiaomi’s $30 touch-sensitive Bluetooth earbuds took over the internet earlier this month, the company may be readying a new version that is extremely similar to Apple’s design.
Unlike the current AirDots’ bubbly body — which looks more like a hearing aid — the rumored Mi True Wireless Earphones shown in this FCC filing follow the same general design as the AirPods.
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The only difference seems to be the head. Instead of making the entire thing a single piece, the Mi True Wireless Earphones have removable soft plastic heads that presumably will come in different sizes. This should make them more comfortable, hygienic, and noise-proof than Apple’s one-size-fits all earphone design.
Xiaomi has never hidden the fact that it aspires to be the Chinese Apple, minus the high price tags. The Bluetooth 5.0 Xiaomi AirDots is a good example of that: good quality, good design, and good technology for a fraction of the price — $30 vs the AirPods’ $160. Which is exactly why they are reportedly sold out everywhere.
We can only hope that these new devices follow the same price policy and still be a lot cheaper than Apple’s AirPods.