Beats by Dr. Dre has a new set of Bluetooth earbuds, and they’re the company’s most affordable model to-date. The Beats Flex come in at $49.99, despite squeezing in some Apple technology for easier pairing and control with iPhone and other devices. That’s courtesy of the Apple W1 chipset.
It’s used for fast-pairing, Audio Sharing with other Apple-powered headphones, and Bluetooth Class 1 streaming. Controls in-line with the Beats Flex earbuds offer volume adjustment, call answer/end, and triggering your choice of smartphone assistant. While Beats Flex work natively with Apple devices, a free Android app offers easier integration there too.
Battery life is up to 12 hours, Beats says, and there’s a USB-C port for recharging. 10 minutes plugged in is enough for 1.5 hours of playback, the company claims. They’ll be offered in four finishes: Beats Black, Yuzu Yellow, Smoke Gray, and Flame Blue.