After months of teasing, Nothing, a new brand from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has today officially launched the Nothing Ear (1), which is the brand’s first-ever product. These new true wireless earphones will be competing against the likes of Apple AirPods Pro and other similar TWS earbuds.
The Ear (1) comes with an in-ear design and magnet that connects earbuds to the case and is visible. The company has replaced the “L” and “R” with the white-colored dot and red-colored dot. They pack 11.6mm drivers and the hardware, as well as software, has been tuned by Teenage Engineering.
It uses Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and comes with IPX4 for sweat and water resistance. There’s also Active Noise Cancellation that uses three microphones on each earbud. There are three modes — Light Mode for quieter environments, Maximum Mode for louder environments, and Transparent Mode for hearing sounds around you.
Each earbud can be controlled with tap and gesture controls, which can be customized with the mobile application. The app also features EQ controls and Find my Earbud functions. It also comes with support for Fast pairing but it’s limited to Android.
As for the battery life, the Nothing Ear (1) earbuds offer 5.7 hours of battery life with ANC turned off, and 34 hours of battery life when used with the charging case. When ANC is switched on, the battery life drops to 24 hours. The charging case supports Qi-compatible wireless charging and a USB-C port.
Coming to the availability, the Nothing Ear (1) will be available for purchase in 45 countries around the world from 17th August, including the United States, for the price of $99.