Really wireless earbuds have been a popular form factor for years, but haven’t jumped on the OnePlus board even after releasing new headphones every year. Along with the Nord, the OnePlus is finally launching a pair of truly wireless earbuds. Here’s what you need to know about OnePlus Bud.
The OnePlus buds have some clear design inspiration using a “clearly half” design that lacks silicone tips. This kills the expectation of sound cancellation and may solve the problem suitable for some users but it is a common design choice. OnePlus is also pulling the CD-pattern found in Bullet Wireless for these new earbuds. Available in three colors – White, Gray and Nord Blue – all have matching cases The matching case has a smooth matte texture but the buds themselves are glossy plastic.
To create audio, OnePlus Buds uses a 13.4mm driver on each earbud – both of which are IPX4 water resistant. There is no sound cancellation for you given the device as an listener, but OnePlus includes environmental noise cancellation for phone calls. Using three external microphones, that form of sound cancellation improves the quality of calls and recordings.
There are several software tricks embedded in OnePlus Buds. For one, they support Google’s Open Fast Pair standard. This means that not only OnePlus, but any Android phone can connect to buds without entering the settings menu and they will be linked to your Google account.
Further, there are customizable touch controls, although those are added to the OnePlus smartphone when the controls are only accessible – OnePlus 8, 7 and 6-Series devices will see an update this month with these features. By default, both airbod skip tracks are double-tapped, but OnePlus smartphone users will be able to set ear controls for both play / pause, voice assistant and skipping / rewinding tracks.
Buds can also have super-low latency if you’re paired with a OnePlus smartphone. Launching OnePlus’s special Fanatic mode for gaming will reduce the audio latency on in-ear airbuds to just 103SM, even faster than some Aptex headphones can achieve, of course, they’re using Bluetooth 5.0 to connect your phone. Buds on OnePlus phones also support Dolby Atmos audio.
Each of the two buds can last up to seven hours on a single charge with a 35 mAh battery embedded. The charging case has a battery life of 23 hours which is enough to recharge the ear buds a little more than three times.
When it comes time to charge the case, there is a USB-C port at the bottom which accepts the modified form of WARP charge. Using a power source that runs out of 10W power – no charging bricks in the box, just a cable – you’ll be able to fully charge the case for more than an hour. Quick charge refills the case for 10 hours of power in 10 minutes while the buds can get 100 minutes of play time with a 10 minute charge.
OnePlus Bud will be launched worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Europe (29 countries), India, China, and Hong Kong. Priced at $ 79 in the US. White and gray models will be available worldwide, but “Nord Blue” is exclusive to India and Europe.
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