Nothing’s Sleek & Affordable Earbuds Could Undercut The Entire Audio Market

Back in March, Carl Pei previewed the design direction for his ‘Nothing’ audio brand with a single image of an earbud called the Concept 1. Though the former OnePlus founder offered no hints at what the specs would look like in practice, he did make an ambiguous assurance that a similar design would eventually go into production.

Well, they’re finally here. In keeping with Pei’s promises, the ‘ear (1)’ will be launching as the first product from Nothing. Moreover, the brand has now unveiled the full specs for its headphones, and they look to be pretty promising. That’s because, in addition to three mics and an 11.6mm driver, they also feature a mix of components taken from Teenage Engineering. In practice, this means that they should offer excellent balance from bass to treble, with three-mode ANC, Bluetooth 5.2 Connectivity, and a host of handy functions like Clear Voice Technology, Gesture Control, and Find My Earbud. Boasting up to 5 hours of playtime per charge (34 hours in total) they come in a Qi-enabled wireless case that can be topped up in as little as 10 minutes. The ear (1) drops in limited amounts for $99 on July 31st, with a broader release to follow on August 17th.

Purchase: $99

Photo: Nothing