OnePlus has plans to launch a new affordable smartphone, OnePlus Nord, in India later next week, and ahead of its launch, the company has shared a new teaser which hints that it may also launch its first truly wireless (TWS) earbuds at the event. Expected to be called the OnePlus Pods, the new TWS device have also been spotted on Amazon India’s subscription portal by tipster Mukul Sharma, suggesting a release on the e-retailer shortly — possibly alongside the OnePlus Nord on July 21.
Officially, OnePlus has only shared a teaser of the device online, with the company sharing a photo of its Bullets Wireless, Bullets Wireless 2, and Bullets Wireless Z headphones with the caption: “A throwback picture? Not quite. A sign of what’s next in line? Maybe.”
Earlier, a leak had shown off the OnePlus Pods in black color tucked neatly inside a triangular case. The leak came courtesy of tipster Max J, who gave us the first look at the black OnePlus Pods. The image revealed interesting design elements about the earbuds, which appear to look like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. The Pods also appear to bring a premium look, with a brushed aluminum finish on the back. The in-ear design of the Bullets Wireless 2 looks likely to be for passive noise cancellation. However, it could be quite possible that the new buds also come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).
In terms of the design, the OnePlus Pods could be very much like the Apple AirPods with an in-ear bud followed by a stem. Much like other competitors, the stem on this could host capacitive touch controls and gestures. The OnePlus Pods could also be based on Oppo’s recently launched TWS earbuds. They also feature a similar design and as such, some of its functionality could be ported to the OnePlus Buds. However in MKBHD’s OnePlus Nord Reveal video we can have a sneek peek of OnePlus buds where one of the co-founder Carl Pei himself wearing OnePlus new buds.
For now, however, this is all in the realm of possibility and with nothing official to go by, it would be prudent to take whatever is being said about the upcoming OnePlus Buds with a pinch of salt. Having said that, the wait for truth may also not be too long. OnePlus is hosting a launch event on July 2 for its new TVs and is also expected to launch a new budget smartphone later this year. It is highly likely that we get more information on the OnePlus Buds at one of the launch events.