OnePlus’ new truly wireless Buds Pro with Active Noise Canceling are now formally A Thing, but that’s not something you can get right now. They promise to muffle up to 40dB of noise, tube sound thanks to dual 11mm drivers, support Dolby Atmos and Bluetooth 5.2 (with latency up to 94ms), last up to 38 hours with the supplied charging case and yes they quickly recharge up to 10 hours of battery life with just 10 minutes of charging. This is a decent list of specs, and the near-bargain price of $ 150 could be good value, if they work well.
Like most headphone ads, OnePlus has a lot of big claims about listening to things you wouldn’t otherwise hear and how good they sound. Earphones are often more about execution than pure specification, but the hardware that has been revealed so far doesn’t look bad. Between decent-sized dual drivers and a slightly high 40dB “up to” rating for noise cancellation, OnePlus’ Buds Pro to seem decent on paper, and they appreciate the company’s fast-charging protocol, which could be a killer feature.
Most of us with wireless earbuds have known the dissatisfaction of reaching them as we walk out the door only to find that the battery is low, knowing that they will take too long to charge before having to split. OnePlus’ Warp Charge is among the fastest charging solutions you can get right now, and while I’m sure the Buds Pro won’t charge at the same 65W rate as the 9 Pro, the company promises up to 10 hours of charging. playback with a 10-minute charge.
The question of general value is a delicate one. OnePlus isn’t the first company to release an ANC headset at this price point, as the recently released Beats Studio Buds can attest, so OnePlus isn’t spanking the competition on pure price as it once was. But most of the premium ANC TWEs on the market these days MSRP north of $ 200, and sometimes as low as $ 400-500. If these are good (and that’s a big “if” given the state of the company these days), they could be a pretty good deal at $ 150.
Of course, we can’t talk about OnePlus earphones without mentioning that former OnePlus executive / founder Carl Pei’s new company is also planning a set of truly wireless noise-canceling earbuds that will cost just $ 99. We know very little about them despite constant drop-powered teasing, but they could beat OnePlus in terms of value if They are no good – another big “if”.
My advice? Wait and see the reviews on both. And you have some time to wait.
We are told that the OnePlus Buds Pro will be available for $ 150 in the US on September 1st.