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.
One of the keys to OnePlus success has been focusing on one phone at a time — and aside from cases and, of all things, a backpack, the company hasnt strayed too far from phones. Along with this weeks release of the OnePlus 6, however, the companys adding another key piece of hardware to its arsenal. Following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung, Google and, well, just about every other hardware manufacturer on the planet, OnePlus is launching Bullets Wireless. The name derives from the wired version of the companys cheaply priced Bullet earbuds, though this version looks decidedly less like ammunition. The Bluetooth buds feature the yoked design thats pretty popular among lower-cost hardware. And, indeed, $69 is a pretty tough price to beat for Bluetooth headphones. They might not be as pretty as some of the competition, but they get the job done, while sounding pretty solid. And, bonus, the earbuds have magnets, so they snap together like a necklace shutting off the music when not in use. In a release, the OnePlus CEO says the companys been working on the things for about two years now, and the result is pretty solid for something thats a fraction of the price of the competition. The big thing here, aside from price, is the fast-charge tech, borrowed from the companys handsets. Using a standard USB-C cable, you should be able to get a full five hours of use with just 10 minutes of charging. The headphones are also water-resistant and feature fins to keep them in place during a workout. Whether or not that behind the neck style is suitable for your own fitness routine, on the other hand, is entirely up to you. The button on the back of the neck will also pull up Google Assistant with one long press. The Bullets Wireless are due out at some point next month. Of course, its worth mentioning that the company is still embracing the headphone jack with its new handset, the OnePlus 6, so consider these a bit of futureproofing.