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HTC is working on new "HTC U Ear" earbuds that look like they took some design cues from Apple's AirPods. Photos of the upcoming earbuds were found in regulatory documents by Android Police (via The Verge).

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Design wise, the U Ear earbuds from HTC could be mistaken for black AirPods, featuring the same general design for the in-ear portion and a stem that hangs outside of the ear. The earbuds do have one major difference though - there are charging pins on the front.

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The charging case looks similar to the AirPods Charging Case as well, though not identical, and it does open up length wise like the Powerbeats Pro case rather than at the top like the AirPods case. It also appears to come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging purposes.

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Since Apple launched the AirPods in 2016, almost all major tech companies have come out with their own wire-free earbuds, but most have unique designs and don't look close to identical to the super popular AirPods.

Article Link: HTC Making Earbuds That Look Just Like AirPods
 

ian87w

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Well, EVERYBODY is making AirPods lookalike. Realme, Xiaomi, Huawei, everybody.
The funny thing is, why are they copying the non-pro Airpods, where many have expressed discomfort due to the plastic ear housing? Why not copy the Airpods Pro design instead with in-ear design and more comfortable silicon tips?

Ah well, all of them probably came out from the same OEM. HTC is just "late" to the party.
 
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mtneer

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Is this truly HTC or just some white-box company on the mainland who just happened to purchase the rights to the name on an estate sale?
 
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calzon65

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Apple pioneered the design of the modern day smartphone (i.e., no keys) and everyone followed suit, so it's not surprising to see companies copying the basic AirPod design.
 
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szw-mapple fan

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Is this truly HTC or just some white-box company on the mainland who just happened to purchase the rights to the name on an estate sale?

Probably just HTC not having enough resources to develop their own so contracted out the design and manufacturing for an AirPod clone.
 
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