Apple may be credited to popularize the already existing "true" wireless earphone market, and feel both new products and knock-offs. Chinese manufacturers are notorious for the latter, and one expects someone like Xiaomi again to copy these designs and products. The Chinese company has grown that decline and while the new Mi AirDots may sound like AirPods, they are luckily quite far from cheap clones. Although they are definitely cheap if you can get your hands on a pair.
While Huawei FreeBuds are unmannedly designed almost identical to Apple AirPods, Xioami's strategy is simply to unite the stronger brand via its slightly confusing name. However, in terms of design, AirDots looks like the traditional Bluetooth earplugs, without any stems being dunked outside the ear.
In terms of functionality, the AirDots audio (without punctuation) will be quite basic. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for battery-saving audio playback and a 7.2mm dynamic driver to provide a decent audio output. Battery life is known to be only 4 hours of continuous use, thought the charging chair can slide it up to 1
Earplugs have touch-sensitive surfaces so you can answer calls and manage music. Or trigger a smart assistant, but which is not yet known. Xiaomys own, maybe.
The biggest selling factor is the selling price. Mi AirDots will be sold in China for 199 RMB, about $ 29. Unfortunately, no news yet about international availability, but Xiaomi has some events scheduled this week so it can still happen.