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.
The OnePlus 6 may be todays big gadget news, but after months of leaks, there wasnt much surprise left. The companys first wireless headphones, on the other hand, might actually be the more compelling product for an audiophile like me, always on the look out for a good value. Say hello to the OnePlus Bullets Wireless. At first glance, they look like a fairly standard pair of neckbuds, but there are a few things that set them apart from the competition. Ive only tried them for a few hours, but at $69, if the sound quality is up to snuff, they check off pretty much everything Id want from a cheap pair of Bluetooth headphones. According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventPerhaps most notable is that OnePlus is bringing its fast charging technology to its headphones. OnePlus claims that with only a 10 minute charge, you can get up to 5 hours of music playback. Thats a big deal: it adds a lot of peace of mind if your headphones are running low on charge before you need to leave home. In the time it takes to take a shower or make breakfast, you should have enough of a charge to last you through the day. Better yet, OnePlus says the Bullets should be able to achieve fast charging speeds with pretty much any USB port – no need for a specialized fast charger, though of course OnePlus recommends using its own accessories. As with most batteries, the last leg of charging is a bit slow, but theyll still reach 100 percent – 8-10 hours of music – in 25 minutes. Oh, and they charge via USB-C, so theres no need to carry a separate cable just for your headphones, although OnePlus includes a USB-C to USB-A cable that fits snuggly in the Bullets silicone case. There are some clever design choices too. Unlike some chunky neckbuds out there, the Bullets Wirelss have a flexible cable thats easy to store in a pocket or in the aforementioned case. The metal earbuds have magnetic backs which will automatically pause music if you stick them them together – handy if you need to pop out the earbuds to talk to someone. You have the usual three-button controls, as well as access to the Google Assistant by holding down the play/pause button for 1 second. The earbuds are also water resistant and come with removable wing tips for sturdy fit, making them suitable as workout headphones. As for the sound, OnePlus is using pretty large 9.2mm drivers with a buzzwordy Energy Tube casing that minimizes distortion. It also offers AptX connectivity for CD-quality streaming on Android phones, something often missing from headphones in this price range. Ill need to spend more time with the headphones before I know for sure whether they live up to their promise. But given OnePlus previous success with its wired Bullets, the low price point, and my brief initial impressions, things are looking good. The only caveat is that OnePlus seems to be selling them in limited amount to start: the company says the first drop will happen on June 5. Bullets Wirelesson