OnePlus has announced its latest true wireless earbuds. The OnePlus Buds Pro launched alongside the Nord 2 smartphone and comes with active noise cancellation, Dolby Atmos support and up to 38 hours of battery life.
They look a lot like the Apple AirPods Pro, albeit with a metal part on the stems that indicates the touch-sensitive controls. You get three sizes of silicone earbuds in the box, and an IP55 rating for water and dust resistance means they should be suitable for use while exercising.
Pricing and availability are yet to be announced, but we’re hoping they’ll be cheaper than Apple’s noise-cancelling earbuds.
Following in the footsteps of the OnePlus Buds and OnePlus Buds Z, the new wireless earbuds can be customized to fit your ears based on your sensitivity to certain sounds. With the OnePlus Audio ID function you can create a personal sound profile with a hearing test and a special algorithm that adjusts your music accordingly.
The OnePlus Buds Pro also comes with hybrid active noise cancellation, with three different modes to choose from, with the ability to cancel up to 40 dB of noise.
The earbuds’ ANC can also adapt to your environment – so the OnePlus Buds Pro should increase the level of noise cancellation as you move through noisier environments. ANC can be activated by squeezing and holding the stems of the earbuds – a bit like the AirPods Pro.
Calls should be clear with the OnePlus Buds Pro, thanks to a noise-cancelling algorithm that filters out unwanted sounds, and a design that seemingly reduces wind noise.
The claimed battery life of these earbuds is quite impressive, coming in at 38 hours with ANC turned off and 28 hours with this feature turned on.
The OnePlus Buds Pro support the company’s Warp Charging technology, which means you can get 10 hours of playtime from a quick 10-minute charge via USB-C. There’s also support for wireless charging with Qi-certified mats – or you can just place the charging case on the back of your OnePlus 9 Pro phone for a handy top-up.
Instant pairing means you can simply open the charging case, tap the pop-up window on your OnePlus device, and plug in the earbuds for the first time. The company says gamers can also enjoy low latency – so there should be no lag between the action on the screen and the sounds you hear.
If you want to relax while using the earbuds, Zen Mode Air (which can be turned on in the headphone settings or via the Hey Melody app) plays white noise. Useful if you are trying to fall asleep or meditate.
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