OnePlus true wireless earbuds could launch with OnePlus Z in July, to feature AirPods like design
Amritanshu Mukherjee May 16, 2020
2020 is the year of wireless earbuds. Despite the prevailing COVID-19 situation, various smartphone manufacturers want to cash-in on the trend with affordable true wireless earbuds. Realme started it with its Buds Air earbuds, followed by Oppo and Xiaomi. Now, OnePlus seems to be joining the bandwagon with its own earbuds and if the leaks are to be taken seriously, then we could see these by July.
Reliable tipster Max.J has shared a photo on Twitter, showing the renders of an AirPods lookalike earbuds. These earbuds are said to come to the market in July 2020, although Max says that the date could vary as his source his new to the game. The renders show a very simple design similar to the 1st-gen Apple AirPods, although the eartips are more rounded. There even appears to an IR sensor to help with the wear detection.
Rumours have long hinted about wireless earbuds from OnePlus. However, this time it seems more possible as OnePlus' sister brands (Oppo and Realme) have already come with wireless earbuds across various price points. In terms of hardware features, the OnePlus earbuds could be very similar to the Oppo earbuds, possibly with noise cancellation and even wireless charging.
OnePlus recently announced its Bullets Wireless Z earphones, which are essentially the same Bullets Wireless 2 from last year but at a reduced price tag and come with new colour options. Given that you can get these earphones at Rs 1,999, the true wireless earbuds could easily come in at around Rs 6,000. OnePlus could go for a premium pricing but undercut the Apple AirPods by a considerable margin.
If these are tipped to come in July, then OnePlus could launch it along with the OnePlus Z, which is also said to launch in July. The OnePlus Z is supposed to be the cheapest smartphone from the company, starting at a price of less than Rs 30,000. The OnePlus Z is so far known to get a Snapdragon 765G chip, a 90Hz AMOLED display, a triple camera system and OnePlus' popular Oxygen OS based on the latest version of Android.
OnePlus is slowly expanding its product lineup and diversifying across various segments. If the OnePlus Z becomes true, then we have three phones coming from OnePlus annually across different price points. With the wireless earbuds, there will be two kinds of earphones at different price points to choose from. The OnePlus TV is a different series that may see more new models later this year.