After months of anticipation surrounding the company’s AirPods Pro rival, Nothing, a new business founded by OnePlus creator Carl Pei, has officially debuted the “Ear (1)” truly wireless earbuds today. The Ear (1) comes with Active Noise Cancelation, Bluetooth 5.2, IPX4 water resistance, and a charging case with Qi-compatible wireless charging and a USB-C connection. But, unfortunately, only Android smartphones are capable of fast pairing.
Each earbud has three microphones, which can be adjusted to Maximum for noisy surroundings, Light for quieter environments, and Transparency for hearing what’s going on around you. The microphones are used to filter out background noise during calls. With ANC turned off, the Ear (1) earbuds have a battery life of 5.7 hours and 34 hours when used with the charging case. With ANC turned on, this lowers to four hours for the buds and 24 hours for the casing.
The earphones have 11.6mm drivers inside. Teenage Engineering, a well-known Swedish electronics company, has fine-tuned the hardware and software of Nothing. As a result, the Ear (1) earbuds are $150 less expensive than Apple’s AirPods Pro. Still, they have many of the same capabilities, including a luxury design, noise cancellation, transparency mode, IPX4 water resistance, and a charging case that lasts 24 hours. Some features, such as Bluetooth 5.2, three microphones per earbud, and earbud weight, are better than AirPods Pro, but they won’t have Apple-specific capabilities like auto-pairing with the H1 chip.