Remove the cord from Bose's popular and highly ratedearphones and you're left with SoundSport Free, the company's new totally wireless earphones that ship in October for $250. They will initially only be available in the US, then will come to other markets next year. (The US price converts to about £185 or AU$313.)
Yes, that price is $90 more expensive than, which have (and wireless headphone market as a whole). But the SoundSport Free are true sports headphones and -- despite the higher price -- could prove to be a compelling alternative to the AirPods, particularly for fans of Bose's StayHear+ Sport tips and a semi-open design that doesn't require you to jam the tips into your hears to maximize sound quality.
SoundSport Free aren't equipped with Apple's custom W1 Bluetooth chip, but Bose claims they'll deliver up to five hours of battery life (like the AirPods) and the included charging case provides two additional full charges for up to 10 additional hours of battery life.
The earphones are sweat-resistant, with an IPX4 water-resistance rating, and there's a new "Find My Buds" feature on the Bose Connect App that displays the last time and place they were used to help locate them should they get lost.
While they integrate control buttons into the buds themselves instead of an inline remote, as noted they otherwise look very similar to Bose's SoundSport Wireless earphones sans cable. I expect they'll sound very similar and may even fit more comfortably and securely since they don't have a cord to weigh them down.
The only likely design gripe is the same one levied at the SoundSport Wireless: The buds stick too far out.
The Triple Black version is available for preorder now with Bose setting a delivery date of early October on that model. However, if you want the Midnight Blue with Yellow Citron version, you'll have to wait. Bose has only said that it will arrive "later this year."
Bose also announced the, an updated version of its full-size noise-cancelling wireless headphones that now incorporates Google Assistant.
I hope to try out both new Bose headphones soon and will report back on their sound and wireless connectivity as soon as I do, followed by a full review.