Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has introduced the Nord Buds, the cheapest wireless earbuds to date. The earplugs do not have active noise cancellation, but they are splash resistant.
OnePlus says the earbuds have 12.4mm drivers. These are slightly larger drivers than the OnePlus Buds Z, the brand’s cheapest earbuds to date. The manufacturer has placed four microphones in the earbuds to filter out background noise when the microphones are used.
According to the manufacturer, the 41 mAh batteries in the earbuds last for 7 hours, while the 480 mAh battery in the case provides a total battery life of 30 hours. The earbuds also have five pogo pins for fast charging at 0.75A at 5V, giving users 5 hours of listening after 10 minutes. The splash resistance only applies to the earbuds themselves and they have an IP55 rating.
On OnePlus phones, the earbuds have a low latency mode, which limits the audio delay to 94ms. You cannot do this on other phones. OnePlus will release Nord Buds next week and ask for €49 to buy the earbuds. Buds Z2 cost 99 euros when released, while the Buds Pro’s suggested retail price is 149 euros.
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