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That said, at $250, the Powerbeats Pros are pricey compared to competing third-party products, so it's worth considering other available options before purchasing the Pros.

If the second generation of AirPods seemed underwhelming, the new Powerbeats Pro by Beats might just get your blood moving.

All of that is according to a new report from Bloomberg, which notes that Amazon is teeing up a pair of wireless earbuds that include Alexa access built in for later this year. Based on that teaser, it looked like your iPhone would have been able to display the battery level of your Apple Watch and AirPods as they were charging as well.

Design-wise, the Powerbeats Pro generally look nearly similar to the 2016 Powerbeats3 Wireless due to the ear hooks that appeared on both products. Unlike AirPods 2, however, the case supplied with Powerbeats Pro doesn't support Qi wireless charging.

Apple charges US$159 to US$199 for AirPods.

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Music playback can be controlled on the Powerbeats Pro and AirPods 2 directly by interacting with the earbuds. The Powerbeats Pro work as normal Bluetooth headphones with Android devices. But for more efficient charging, we still recommend you to remove the case before charging. And the design of the Beats' entry makes it more likely to stay in your ears than AirPods. I was frankly blown away by how the Powerbeats Pro sort of disappeared once I got them on my ears.

The H1 chip allows for speedier connectivity, 50 percent more talk time compared to the original AirPods, as well as hands-free "Hey Siri".

Bloomberg said Amazon's Lab126 hardware division is now in charge of making look-a-like AirPods that comes with Alexa. The battery within the case, meanwhile, takes the total potential listening time to around 24 hours. That's up on the 5 hours of the AirPods, which is impressive.

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Powerbeats Pro will come in Black, Ivory, Moss and Navy for $349.95 AUD.


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