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.
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.