Although OnePlus won’t launch any ‘T’ variants to its flagship OnePlus 9 models this year, the China-based company did give OnePlus 9R a mid-cycle refresh. Alongside the 9R, OnePlus also launched its TWS (Truly Wireless) earbuds in OnePlus Buds Z2 that has some prominent improvements from its OnePlus Buds Z from 2020.
OnePlus Buds Z2 – Specifications
The new Z2 wireless buds pack 11mm dynamic drivers while they pair over Bluetooth 5.2. Going into technicalities they come with AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs support alongside BLE, SPP, HFP, A2DP, and AVRCP Bluetooth transmission protocols. They also come with active noise cancellation (ANC) support, and much better battery life at 38 hours which includes the case and without ANC turned on. Though OnePlus hasn’t invested much time into designing with this one looking much similar to OnePlus Buds Z, it does come in a variant colour in a new Obsidian Black colorway.
Talking specifically about the buds, each bud is claimed to have 5 hours of continuous playback with active noise cancellation (ANC) turned on while 7 hours of continuous playback with active noise cancellation (ANC) turned off. If we go with the battery case and ANC turned up, it can last for twenty-seven hours, while as mentioned above 38 hours without ANC turned on. That’s not all though, the earbuds do support lighting charging (Warp charge) where a quick ten-minute charge will produce 5 hours of playtime. Active noise cancellation on the OnePlus Buds Z2 is asserted to block out 40db of outside noises with the help of three microphones on each earbud.
OnePlus devices will benefit from fast pair from their models dating back to the OnePlus 6.
So as we’d expect, OnePlus won’t price these anywhere near the pods having grown with more of a cheap substitute alternative – OnePlus Buds Z2 will retail for RMB 499 (~$77) with two colorways — Obsidian Black and Pearl White. They would be available initially in China from 19th October.