Beats announces $149 Powerbeats 4 with 15 hours of battery life

They’ve already leaked plenty and Walmart even put them on shelves before an official announcement, but now Apple’s Beats brand is launching the new Powerbeats 4 earbuds. Like past versions, these use a neckband design, though the cable now runs behind the ear.

The Powerbeats 4 have been upgraded on multiple fronts. They’ve got improved 15-hour battery life (up from 13 hours in the Powerbeats 4) and, like the Powerbeats Pro, are now rated IPX4 for sweat and water resistance. They contain Apple’s H1 chip for quick pairing and hands-free “Hey Siri” voice controls. And Beats says they should sound basically the same as the Powerbeats Pro, which remain among the best true wireless earbuds on the market in terms of audio quality.

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Color options are black, white, and red. The Powerbeats 4 charge over Lightning; a USB-A to Lightning cable comes in the box, as does a soft carrying pouch. They’ll be available starting March 18th from Apple, Best Buy, and other retailers that carry Beats headphones.

But you don’t need to wait until then to know more. I’ve been testing the Powerbeats 4 for several days now, and if you’re someone who doesn’t like true wireless earbuds or are afraid of losing then, these make for a decent (and cheaper) alternative to the Powerbeats Pro. Read the full Powerbeats 4 review.

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