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
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.
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!
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.