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OnePlus launches fast-charging Bullets Wireless earphones for $69


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.

OnePlus’ new headphones use magnets to pause playback


Music stops when you snap the Bullets Wireless buds together, and resumes when you separate them. OnePlus didn't just have a new flagship phone to unveil today -- it's also got new Bluetooth headsets for its fans. The Bullets Wireless are $70 earphones that have magnetic buds that snap together to prevent tangles. When paired with a OnePlus 5/5T or 6, they also pause and resume music playback when stuck together and pulled apart, respectively. In the future, the company says it will add the ability to answer calls by unclipping the buds. This isn't the phone maker's first stab at making headphones, of course. In 2016, it released the Icon earbuds, and has two pairs of Bullet wired earphones. The Bullet Wireless is its first wireless option, although they're not truly wireless -- the two buds are still connected by a cable that wraps around (behind) your neck. You just won't need to plug them into your phone. OnePlus promises about eight hours of battery life for the Bullets Wireless, but most intriguing is the support for the company's fast charge technology that should get you "five hours of continuous audio from 10 minutes of charging. " I especially like that fast charge here is compatible with any international standard USB-C cable -- you don't have to use the company's special Dash charger like you do with the existing OnePlus phones. The magnetic buds did a good job of keeping the Bullets Wireless from tangling up during my brief hands-on time with it. I wish there were a way to adjust the length of the cables so I could put the remote control in a more accessible spot, though. It hangs right by my jaw, and when reaching up for it I almost always knock the earbud out of my ear. Still, I enjoyed wearing the aluminum device as a faux necklace for a bit, and it's not a bad looking thing. The black-and-red aesthetic is subtle yet stylish when you look closely at the buds, and I'm thankful for its weather resistance (although OnePlus doesn't clarify the standard). We can't discuss sound quality yet, unfortunately, nor any of the features like the magnetic triggers or launching Google Assistant by long pressing the play button. But if you already know you want the Bullets Wireless either way, it'll be available in early June on OnePlus.com. If you're concerned that the wireless headphones means the company is taking the headphone jack away, don't worry -- the OnePlus 6 still has the 3.5mm audio port. Phew!