OnePlus, which is mainly known for its premium smartphones in India, has been expanding its ecosystem products from smart TVs to wearables. The latest offering is the TWS earbuds, which is also known asOnePlus Buds Pro
wireless earbuds. The company had previously broughtOnePlus Buds
and the more affordable OnePlus Buds Z to Indian customers.
While the category is being flooded by almost every known and lesser known brand, OnePlus is looking to stand out with its flagship TWS offering. Let’s find out if the device is worth your money.
Features and performance
The OnePlus Buds Pro’s key features and fast pair function work with the OnePlus 6 series smartphones and above while for other Android and iOSdevices
, you will need to install the Hey Melody app, which is also the common app for other Oppo Enco devices. Yes, Oppo and OnePlus integration are real and both brands share resources and technologies.
The OnePlus Buds Pro has pressure sensitive controls instead of normal touch controls, which takes some time to get used to. The earbuds’ stems have pressure sensitive controls where you can pinch softly to perform various tasks. The earbuds fit is also good but not excellent as you may need to adjust them from time to time if you are using them during exercise.
The OnePlus Buds Pro supports adaptive noise cancellation, popularly known as ANC, and allows users to manually set the intensity of ANC of their choice. Users, through the app, get the option to choose from three modes which can reduce noises from 25 dB to 40 dB. Additionally, users can set the transparency mode, which allows the ambient noise to pass through the device. The earbuds offer bass-heavy output which impresses a lot coupled with crisp trebles. The buds are clearly one of the loudest pairs in the market.
The TWS supports LHDC (Low Latency High-Definition Audio Codec), which is currently compatible on certain smartphones. The earbuds use AAC and SBC codecs for audio transmission.
I used the earbuds on a OnePlus smartphone, Apple iPhone, as well as other Android smartphones and the experience, remained the same across devices. The pairing is seamless on OnePlus smartphones where the OnePlus Buds app is integrated within the Bluetooth device setting where users can use various features such as noise control, set pinch and hold setting and use various other features like Zen Mode Air among others Earbud fit test. The same features are available on non OnePlus devices via the Hey Melody app. Both apps show the case and earbuds’ battery and lets you upgrade the firmware, whenever available.
The earbuds also let users create a unique Audio ID based on a listening test that carefully creates a hearing profile after gauging your sensitivity to different sounds.
Design and Battery
The OnePlus Buds Pro looks similar to Apple’s AirPods Pro, albeit comes with matte finish with a dual tone color texture with glossy stems, on the black variant. The earbuds are made of plastic but have a sturdy build and are also IP55-rated for water and dust resistance. The buds weigh just 4.35 grams each and feel extremely light.
The earbuds’ charging case, which is IPX4 moisture-resistant, comes with the same matte finish. It has a LED charge indicator at the front and a USB-C port at the back. The case supports warp charge and Qi-certified wireless charging.
耳机的电池备份是相当不错的,因为他们lasted over 4 hours with ANC on and around 6 hours without the noise cancellation. The case, which has a 520 mAh lithium-ion battery, can recharge the buds about four times. The fast charging feature comes in handy and just ten minutes of charging can give up upto two hours of playtime easily. The company claims the earbuds offer a total battery backup of 38 hours.
The earbuds are priced at Rs 9,990 and are among the better ANC-equipped earbuds in the market with good wireless performance and sound and features. Not everyone might like the pressure sensitive controls on the earbuds, but still the overall performance is decent enough at the price.