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Microsoft Tipped To Take On AirPods With Surface Buds

17 April 2019

At launch, they might be called Surface Buds, but there's no confirmation of that name.

Apple's lineup of AirPods wireless earbuds has been immensely successful, and the rest of the tech industry is still trying to catch up.

In addition to the Surface Headphones, which were officially launched past year, the software giant is now working on its very own earbuds that would technically be positioned as an alternative to Apple's AirPods and other similar devices already on the market.

It's not year clear how Microsoft intends to differentiate its earbuds from others that are now available from competitors.

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Microsoft's Surface headphones and their carrying case. While Cortana voice control seems like a possibility, Microsoft no longer sees its virtual assistant as a direct competitor to Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. "Thurrott does say that the buds could contain a feature that "[improves] interactions between a phone and the earbuds" to make reading websites, e-books, and other digital content easier on smartphones, but that functionality may not make it into the final product. Keep in mind Microsoft already sells the $349.99 Surface Headphones, a pair of over-ear headphones with Cortana and premium features like noise cancellation. Apple's AirPods have led the way, followed by Samsung, and Amazon is also reportedly joining the fray.

The new head phones cost the same as the original version.

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

They're available for purchase now online and in Apple stores.

Microsoft Tipped To Take On AirPods With Surface Buds