Bang & Olufsen's 'truly wireless' Beoplay E8 earphones get a costly wireless charging case
As the name suggests, these follow in the footsteps of the first-generation Beoplay E8, which carry a recommended retail price of $299.99, although Best Buy currently charges “only” $213.99.
That’s still a whopping 55 bucks or so more than the industry-leading AirPods, while the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 will fetch $350 starting February 14, according to The Verge.
The price hike compared to the original model doesn’t appear to come with a redesign or internal upgrade of the actual earbuds. Instead, it’s the included charging case that gets a major bump in capabilities, gaining four extra hours of juice.
All in all, you can get 16 hours of listening time from the Beoplay E8 2.0, with four hours of power offered by the earphones, and three additional full charges provided by the improved case, up from two on the existing Beoplay E8.
More notably, the Beoplay E8 2.0 case supports wireless charging, which is something Apple’s AirPods cannot do... just yet. The standard USB port is also replaced with a Type-C connector if you have a thing for cables, but otherwise, these premium wireless headphones seem to have gone unchanged.
Owners of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 1.0 should be happy to hear the wireless charging case will be available on its own as well... for a sky-high $200, with a no doubt extravagant wireless charging pad offering up to 10W speeds also coming in April at an unspecified price. Did B&O just manage to unintentionally build up even more hype for Apple’s long-awaited refreshed AirPods?