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Beats’ Studio Wireless3 Headphones Get Apple W1 Chip

Beats by Dr. Dre has updated its top-of-the-line Studio Wireless headphones, adding the Apple W1 chip and upgrading the components. It also trimmed a bit off the price tag.

The battery life of the Studio Wireless3 jumps from its predecessor’s 12 hours to 22 hours of playback time with active noise canceling (ANC); turning off the ANC increases playback to 40 hours. A quick-charge feature, termed “Fast Fuel” by Beats, provides three hours of playback with a 10-minute charge.

The W1 chip, meanwhile, also enables wearers to seamlessly switch between Apple devices in mid-use.

TWICE was afforded a hands-on look at the new headphones, which proved to be extremely lightweight, comfortable and durable, with soft white indicator lighting. Updates to the ANC technology account and adjust for ambient noise without degrading sound quality.

Other features for the over-ear headphones include on-ear controls with built-in mic, an LED fuel gauge on the right ear cup, a detachable cable and a choice of six colors. Suggested retail is $349. They will ship in mid-October.

Beats introduced the first Studio Wireless headphones four years ago.