In addition to the new OnePlus 8T smartphone, the company has just announced its second pair of true wireless earbuds. At just $ 45.99, the OnePlus Buds Z are even more aggressive and cheaper than the OnePlus Buds. And they also have a different design – now with silicone earplugs instead of the AirPods-like hard plastic in one size. Hopefully that’s enough to avoid problems at the border. The OnePlus Buds Z will be available direct from OnePlus starting November 2nd, and Amazon will be selling them too.
Despite the low price, OnePlus has packed a lot into the Buds Z, according to Dolby Atmos support, including “bass boost technology for heart-pounding audio” and virtualized 3D audio. The earbuds are powered by 1
Says OnePlus: “When fully charged, the OnePlus Buds Z offer an impressive 20 hours of playback time, while a quick 10 minute charge provides three hours of vivid audio.” That 20-hour number contains the case; The buds will last up to five hours on a single charge. They will be available in white and “a special edition by Steven Harrington” with three sizes of silicone tear-off tips in the packaging. The Buds Z should also do well on voice and video calls, as OnePlus says it offers ambient noise reduction to enhance your voice over background noise around you.
OnePlus has built a quick toggle feature into the earbuds that lets you quickly toggle between the two most recently paired devices. You can just hold down either earbud for three seconds to jump between them. It’s a nice little trick and a lot faster than going into bluetooth settings.
The case weighs the earbuds horizontally like some others we’ve seen from Anker and other brands. You don’t get wireless charging at this price, but it looks very compact and portable. In the coming weeks, you’ll learn more about OnePlus Buds Z. As someone whose ears don’t love the hard plastic OnePlus Buds, I look forward to seeing if these are a better option (and for less money).