Nothing ear (1) ANC true wireless earbuds launched for £99 – Could these be the flagship killer of earbuds?

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After months of hype with incremental releases of information, the Nothing ear (1) has finally launched.

While I think the hype around an earbud launch has been a little excessive, they do sound quite impressive, let's just hope they can live up to this hype.

Features:

  • A unique transparent charging case
  • The earbud stem and housing is also transparent, showing off core components
  • Larg 11.6mm dynamic graphene driver
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • AAC and SBC codecs
  • 3 High Definition Microphones (used for both voice and ANC)
  • Active Noise Cancellation with Light mode for moderate noise cancellation and Maximum mode for noisier environments
  • The case provides up to 34 hrs in the case (ANC Off); 24 hrs (ANC On)
  • Up to 5.7 hours of listening time
  • IPX4 Splash Proof
  • In-ear detection
  • Fast pairing
  • ear (1) App which has things like EQ

Price and Availability

Apart from the design, you may argue that these are just like any other ANC earbuds. However, the Nothing ear (1) are priced at just £99 GBP.

This makes them extremely competitive, undercutting all the big brand names such as Apple, Bose and Sony. You'd have to go for the likes of Edifier at this price.

Availability for Nothing ear (1) starts at 14:00 BST on 31 July 2021 via a limited drop on nothing.tech. Open sales begin on 17 August 2021 across 45 countries and regions, including the UK, USA and Canada, both at nothing.tech and select retailers, such as Selfridges.

Full Press Release

Today Nothing introduced ear (1), the highly anticipated true wireless earbuds featuring an iconic transparent design and a premium user experience. With up to 34 hours playtime with the case, a powerful 11.6mm driver and leading specs including Active Noise Cancellation, Nothing ear (1) delivers a pure sound experience at just £99 GBP. 

“Nothing ear (1) is a breath of fresh air in a cluttered and indifferent market, setting the tone for our connected digital world to come,” said Carl Pei, CEO and Co-founder of Nothing. “It marries advanced technology, precise engineering, and groundbreaking design at an unbelievable price.”

Iconic design

Nothing like you’ve seen before, the raw beauty of ear (1)’s stripped down aesthetic features transparency to expose the engineering, including microphones, magnets and circuit board. Everything that is ear (1) is there with purpose – from the instantly recognisable red colour signal for ‘Right’ to the case’s playful fisheye dip that helps secure the buds. Not only does it look distinct, ear (1) was designed for advanced comfort. Each earbud weighs in at just 4.7g, and delivers pressure-relieving vents, an ergonomic fit, and three customisable liquid silicone tips.

Pure sound

Pure sound starts with a big driver, 11.6mm to be exact. The audiophiles at Teenage Engineering painstakingly dialled in the software and hardware for balanced bass, mid, and treble performance. Behind the scenes, the latest Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity ensures you never miss a beat.

State-of-the-art noise cancellation

Active Noise Cancellation on ear (1) uses three high definition mics to bring your music, films, and podcasts into sharp focus. Use Light mode for moderate noise cancellation and Maximum mode for noisier environments like when on an airplane or at the office. When you’re ready to let the world back in, activate Transparency mode. For loud and clear calls, Clear Voice Technology was specially-developed for ear (1) to reduce distractive background noise, like wind.

Raw power

Power runs deep on ear (1) with up to 5.7 hours of listening time and up to 34 hours with the case. The compact power source delivers ultra-fast charging – 10 minutes charge of the case delivers up to 8 hours for a day's power. The Nothing ear (1) charges wirelessly and is compatible with all Qi chargers.

Additional features include Find My Earbud, EQ, Active Noise Cancellation and Gesture Control customisation via the ear (1) App, as well as In-Ear Detection and Fast Pairing. The ear (1) earbuds are also sweat and water splash resistant.

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