Bose SoundSport vs Powerbeats 4: Should You Wait for Beats’ Wireless Earbuds?

According to MacRumors, photos of the rumored Powerbeats 4 wireless earbuds were leaked in the iOS 13.3 beta pack released in December 2019. We collate what we know about the Powerbeats4 by Beats and put them side by side the Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds. Our comparison will help you decide whether you should hold off in buying your next wireless headphones or go ahead and buy the less expensive Bose.

You can read about our comparison of Bose SoundSport Free and PowerBeats Pro here.

Bose SoundSport vs Beats Powerbeats 4 Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart

ModelBose SoundSport Wireless HeadphonesBeats Powerbeats4 Wireless Earbuds
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price of Its Predecessor:
Earphones Dimensions0.98″ x 1.2″ x 1.2″TBA
Active Noise CancellationNoNo
Transparency ModeNoTBA
Sweatproof and Water-ResistantYes, IPX4Yes
Motion SensorNoTBA
RuntimeUp to 6 hoursUp to 12 hours or longer
Charging CaseNoTBA
Audio CodecsSBC, AACTBA
Microphone2 (right earbud)TBA
Touch ControlsNoYes
Voice AssistantYesYes
Color OptionsBlack
Power Red


They have very different aesthetics, but both are bulkier than other earbuds

The Bose SoundSport Wireless (left) and the rumored upcoming Powerbeats 4 wireless earbuds (right)

Although both wireless earbuds can be used during heavy workouts and sports, they differ greatly in their aesthetics. Just like the Powerbeats3, their predecessor, the Powerbeats 4 will have a cable connecting the earphones. Their predecessor’s wires can be found on the opposite end of the hooks while the leaked photo of the Powerbeats4 shows a wire connected to the end of the earhook. This means they’ll be easier to put on than their predecessor. The leaked photo also shows that the in-ear headphones will be more angled and curvier like the Powerbeats Pro.

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The older Powerbeats wireless headphones are sleeker than the Bose SoundSport Free, thus the same can be expected in the upcoming in-ear headphones. Their adjustable ear-clip design makes them feel more secure than the Bose SoundSport, but the Bose also stay secure in your ears even when running or doing heavy workouts.

Both the Bose SoundSport and Powerbeats are bigger than most wireless earbuds in the market today, but the Bose’s bulky earbuds stick farther out of your ear than the Powerbeats.

Sound Quality

Both wireless earbuds deliver impressive sound quality, but bass lovers are better off with the Powerbeats

The upcoming Powerbeats4 are expected to have the same H1 Chip as the Powerbeats Pro (in photo)

Choosing which of these two wireless earbud brands sounds better is a tough call. Both Bose and Beats deliver incredible sound quality, so it will all come down to the kind of music you listen to. The SoundSport come with Bose’s traditional clean sound signature that makes them more versatile for all genres. The Bose offer clean and undistorted mids and highs and an impressive bass response that makes them easy to listen to. If you prefer more neutral, accurate audio, these are the headphones for you.

Meanwhile, bass lovers will like the Beats better as the Powerbeats offer sub-bass levels, something many wireless earbuds have not yet achieved. If you like listening to pop, EDM, and hip-hop, the bass of these headphones won’t disappoint.

Set Up and Controls

Both the Bose and Beats have inline controls and pair quickly

Adjust the volume and control tracks through these wireless headphones’ in-line buttons

The Bose SoundSport can be controlled using the in-line buttons housed in their cable. The Powerbeats3 have the same controls, but we have yet to see if Beats will retain these in the Powerbeats 4 or have all the controls housed in the earphones like with the Powerbeats Pro.

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Pairing the Bose wireless headphones with your device is quick and painless. The same can be expected with the upcoming Powerbeats4 as they will be equipped with Apple’s H1 chip, the same chip that powers the Powerbeats Pro.

Additional Features

The Bose and Beats are sweatproof and water-resistant, but the Powerbeats have a longer battery life

Whether for vigorous workouts at the gym or a rainy run outdoors, both wireless headphones can withstand sweat and water splashes

As they are IPX4-rated, the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones are sweatproof and water-resistant. They can be used during heavy workouts as they can withstand sweat and moisture. You can also wash them in the sink or use them under the rain; just don’t submerge them completely as they are only water-resistant, but not waterproof. The upcoming Powerbeats4 are expected to at least have an IPX4 rating as well, if not better.

These wireless headphones have vastly different battery life. The Bose can only be used for up to six hours while the Powerbeats4 are expected to have at least up to 12 hours of battery life, if not longer.


The Bose SoundSport are great wireless headphones for their price

For their price, the Bose SoundSport are solid wireless headphones if you’re looking for a pair to use for your workouts. They also deliver stunning sound quality for their price. However, if you like your bass deep and listen to EDM, pop, and hip-hop a lot, you are better off grabbing a pair of Beats or waiting for the upcoming Powerbeats4. However, expect them to have a much higher price tag than the Bose. If you are looking for more pocket-friendly headphones that don’t compromise sound quality, the Bose SoundSport are highly recommended.

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