The OnePlus Buds are OnePlus’ first foray into true wireless earbuds and being pitched as a companion to its affordable phones. If you’re hoping to take these to the gym, the OnePlus Buds are IPX4 rated against water splashes. In terms of audio, the OnePlus Buds are mediocre at best. Continue reading on Engadget
At this point, nearly every top-tier phone maker has introduced a set of true wireless earbuds designed to be used with its handsets. Apple has the AirPods, Samsung has the Galaxy Buds and Google has the Pixel Buds. Mid-range phone companies have followed suit, and today another is joining the fray. The OnePlus Buds are OnePlus’ first foray into true wireless earbuds and being pitched as a companion to its affordable phones. Aside from the AirPod-esque design with a few trademark OnePlus flourishes, the key to the Buds is the $79 price. And, sadly, that’s about it.
OnePlus opted for the stick-like design for the Buds with a circular panel for touch controls. Interestingly, they only accept a double tap or a press and hold. By default, tapping twice on either side skips to the next track. Press and hold for three seconds on either the left or the right will switch the Buds back to the last connected device. When these are paired with a OnePlus phone (OnePlus 6 or newer), you can customize the double tap controls for play/pause, returning to the previous track or activating a voice assistant. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try this as some of the Buds features aren’t yet available with the current software.