OnePlus is accompanying its new phone launch today by also releasing its first pair of wireless headphones, called the Bullets Wireless. Yes, they support USB-C fast charging, are Google Assistant-integrated, weather-resistant, and use the AptX codec for better Bluetooth audio quality, but theyre not the truly wireless in-ear wireless buds you mightve been expecting. Regardless, they have specs that might make them great wireless headphones. On paper, OnePlus claims you can get five hours of usage from ten minutes of charging, or top it off for eight hours of battery. The buds themselves are milled from aluminum, but more importantly, OnePlus ensured you can magnetically snap them to each other to avoid tangles. Also, if you have a OnePlus 5 / 5T or 6, clipping the Bullets Wireless together will pause music, while unclipping will resume; an update is in the works to add phone call support. OnePlus marketing jargon for Bullets Wireless includes the term energy tubes. Essentially, they reduce reverberations within the wires, better isolating and stabilizing sounds. Their intended outcome is to produce clearer, richer audio. Vlad Savov, The Verges resident audiophile will be reviewing the Bullets soon and is already a fan of the audio quality. The OnePlus Bullets will be available by the end of June, for $69 / €69 / £69, directly from OnePlus online store.
Its OnePlus 6 launch day in London today, but ahead of the main event, the Chinese smartphone company launched a surprise first product. The company unveiled its first ever wireless earphones called the OnePlus Bullets Wireless, which will sell for $69 (€69 / £69) from June 5. The company actually launched its first earphones a few years back, but the OnePlus Icons were wired. The Bullets Wireless represent a shift in the mobile landscape, where an increasing number of smartphones have ditched their headphone jacks. So does this mean that the OnePlus 6 is getting rid of its headphone jack? No, it wont be, but OnePlus clearly wants to stay on-trend and reckons youll like these puppies anyway. Weve not had a chance to check them out yet — theyve just been announced, after all — but they do pack a few cool new features. OnePlus has integrated its fast-charging functionality into these earpieces, meaning you should get around 5 hours of listening from 10 minutes of charging. This also controls your music — when you snap them together, the music stops. And unlike Apples EarPods, these feature a neckband to prevent you from dropping these down the toilet. OnePlus also said that the Bullets Wireless will offer support for Google Assistant. Well be sure to check out these new earphones after the event is finished.