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AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements

samsung galaxy a20 antutuid="cnetReview" section="rvwBody" data-component="indepthReview"> Apple seems to be doing this a lot lately: huawei mate 20x antutu score Taking an already excellent, hugely successful product like the iPhone ($1,000 at Best Buy) -- or in this the case, the AirPods ($159 at Amazon) -- and offering little in the way of external alterations but updating its internals, enhancing the device but not fundamentally changing it.

Such incremental upgrades tend to be a little boring. And on the surface anyway, the new AirPods aren't exciting. However, thanks to those updated components on the inside, including a new H1 chip that supports Bluetooth 5.0, improved audio synchronization and always-on Siri, they're definitely better in small ways that a lot of people will appreciate. 

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Enlarge ImageThe 2nd-generation AirPods with the new wireless charging case.

Sarah Tew/CNET The base model remains at $159 (£159, AU$249). To get the long-awaited wireless charging case, which charges on any Qi-compatible charging mat, you'll have to pay an extra $40 or $199 total (£199, AU$319). Meanwhile owners of the original AirPods can buy the wireless charging case separately for the not-exactly-a-bargain price of $79 (£79, AU$129). Fun fact: huawei mate 20 pro antutu score The standalone wireless charging case does not include a USB/Lightning cable, but the full 2019 AirPods -- with regular and wireless case -- do.

See Wireless Charging Case at AmazonThe only way to tell the two cases apart is the addition of a tiny LED on the outside of the wireless one and the placement of the pairing button. Additionally, the metal hinge on the lid of the case is finished in a matte-silver (instead of chrome) and apparently reinforced, according to a teardown by iFixit, huawei honor 20 pro antutu benchmark so it should be more durable.

That little LED lets you know that the case is charging. However, Galaxy a10 antutu score it turns off after the case has been in contact with a charging mat for a few seconds.

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