There is no lacking of unique looking TWS earbuds in the market. But it certainly won’t hurt to have another option. And another option is this: Nothing ear (1) True Wireless Earbuds from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new startup, Nothing.
While some industry watchers and media are seemingly enamored by Nothing ear (1)’s transparent design, we are indifferent. I mean, it is OK looking. It could really use a little more transparency.
The only parts that are transparent are the stem of the earbud and the cover of the charging case. Though I have to say the use of white and transparent, interjected by a teeny weeny bit of red on one of the earbud, is quite handsome.
A beautiful innards has been a culture with OnePlus, it seems like Carl has brought it over to his new company. Well, beautiful innards to what we can see which is admittedly quite little.
One thing we note about the transparent veneers of the ear (1) is, it somehow has a very retro feel. Not sure why. It just feel so, 70s or 80s.
Anyways, the ear (1) has another noteworthy feature: it has a fairly large driver, a 11.6 mm item on each earbud, and the sound is engineered by Teenage Engineering.
The pair further features active noise cancellation with transparency mode and up to 34 hours of playtime when used with the charging case.
If you are interested to learn more, there is an article on Gizmodo with all the details. If not you can hit up Nothing.tech and get yourself signed up to be notify when it becomes available.
Speaking of which, the Nothing ear (1) True Wireless Earbuds is expected to sell for US$99 when it begins selling on its website on July 31 in limited quantities. Thankfully, no invitation is required. If those are sold out, you will just have to wait for it to be available on August 17.