Carl Pei has ‘Nothing’ planned for purchased Essential brand; earbuds will be $99 w/ ANC

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The truly wireless earbud market is flooded with options nowadays, but one upcoming option that’s rather exciting comes from OnePlus alum Carl Pei. This week, he’s revealed that “Nothing” earbuds will hit a price of $99 and offer a key feature.

Speaking to TechCrunch this week, Carl Pei confirmed that Nothing earbuds, called “Ear One,” will be sold at a price of $99. That far undercuts options from Apple and Samsung and matches the price of Google’s new Pixel Buds A-Series. Apparently, the price would be even lower if the design didn’t use a transparent plastic.
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Notably, too, Pei addressed a question about the IP purchased from Andy Rubin’s defunct Essential brand, a story we originally broke. Apparently, none of that IP will be used in Nothing’s first product, and it was only purchased in the first place because, before settling on “Nothing,” “Essential” was a brand name Pei was considering for the company.

efore we were called Nothing, ‘Essential’ was one of the names we were brainstorming, internally. So that’s why we’ve acquired the trademark. We don’t have any plans to do anything with Essential.

Shame.

 

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Nothing ear (1) officially launched, available July 31

UK-based Nothing today launched its first product. The ear (1) are a pair of truly wireless earbuds with features such as active noise cancelation, wireless charging, and water-resistance.

The Nothing ear (1) feature a unique transparent design, with both the charging case and earbuds being made from clear plastic. The clear plastic allows one to see through part of the case and also peek at the internals of the wireless earbuds.

The earbuds weigh just 4.7g per earbud. The 0.34cc chamber has a single 11.6mm dynamic driver. The ear (1) support Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity with SBC and AAC codecs. Each earbud also features touch gestures for controlling the playback and ANC modes.

The earbuds can be paired with iOS and Android devices and there is an app available for both to control features such as touch gestures, ANC, EQ, and to update the software.

The ANC on the ear (1) has two levels of noise cancelation. There's also a transparency mode for when you want to be able to hear your surroundings without taking the earbuds off. Alternatively, you can just turn the ANC off entirely and enjoy longer battery life.

The ear (1) have a claimed battery life of 4 hours of continuous playback with ANC enabled but can go up to 5.7 hours with ANC disabled. The charging case can provide up to 34 hours of play time in total. The case can be charged with a USB-C cable or wirelessly with a Qi-certified charger.

The Nothing ear (1) are priced at $99 / €99 / £99 / INR 5,999 and will be available in 45 countries, including the US, Europe, UK, and India. They will be available on Nothing's website in limited quantities starting July 31 with wider availability starting August 17.

https://www.gsmarena.com/nothing_ear_1_officially_launched_available_july_31-news-50246.php


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Nothing ear (1) Launch Event and First Unboxing - Unbox Therapy

 

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Nothing Ear 1 Review - The Problem with Hype. - Mrwhosetheboss

 

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Nothing Ear(1) Review: See Through the Hype! - Marques Brownlee

 

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Nothing ear (1) review

Conclusion

The Nothing ear (1) are priced at $99 / €99 / £99 / INR 5,999, which is an undeniably attractive price. The India pricing is particularly good and is the cheapest in the world.

The ear (1) have two things that are really going for it. First of all, they sound very good, which is rarely a given in this price range. They have a well-tuned sound that, for the most part, is very enjoyable to listen to. Aside from a few notable examples, the ear (1) sound better than most other earbuds in their price range. The only issue is with the aggressive treble performance, which can be sibilant at times.

The other thing is the design. The ear (1) have a very distinctive design that looks really striking. Like with the sound, the design lets the ear (1) stand out among the competition in the price range in a really positive way. In fact, it's the most distinctive and unique-looking design on the market right now in a way that transcends price or even product categories.

The other things are a bit less exciting. The comfort is okay, as is the microphone performance. The ANC is usable but not particularly impressive. The battery life is average and the app is a bit basic with little audio customizability. The latency, while not an issue at all for watching videos, can be quite high for gaming.

For the price, these are reasonable trade-offs to make. The design and sound make up for some of these shortcomings and it still feels like you're getting your money's worth.

Overall, the Nothing ear (1) are a good pair of wireless earbuds for the price and worth our recommendation.


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Reviews are basically,

  • lots of hype
  • decent for the price
  • don't buy into hype
  • buy these if you want decent buds without the hefty price
  • don't buy into hype
  • Sound isn't Galaxy Buds or AirPods level by any means
  • don't buy into hype
  • Battery life is okay
  • don't buy into hype
 

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Nothing and Qualcomm announce partnership

Nothing products will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platforms as the two companies enter a strategic partnership. Future Nothing products will make use of the Snapdragon chips and audio platforms for its ecosystem of products. In addition, Nothing announced it received $50 million in Series A extension investments.

The successful launch of our first product, ear (1), proved that there is room for a new challenger brand to emerge and disrupt today’s sea of sameness. Users deserve better products that are simpler to use, accessible, yet look amazing. Seamless connectivity is paramount to achieving our vision of a future without barriers between people and technology. We look forward to working alongside Qualcomm Technologies and our strategic investors to achieve Nothing’s next phase of growth. – Carl Pei (Nothing CEO and co-founder)

The London-based brand also disclosed it has managed to ship over 100,000 of its ear (1) TWS earphones globally just two months after their launch. Qualcomm recently unveiled its AptX Lossless Bluetooth audio codec which will probably be supported in the next iteration of Nothing earbuds. It remains to be seen what other products Nothing has planned.

https://www.gsmarena.com/nothing_and_qualcomm_announce_partnership-news-51405.php


 

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Surprising no one, Carl Pei's Nothing is working on a phone for early 2022

Carl Pei's ingeniously named company Nothing has so far managed to launch a single product, the Nothing ear (1) pair of true wireless earbuds. But that is all set to change soon.

Surprising absolutely no one, it turns out that Nothing is working on a phone. Our lack of astonishment comes from the fact that prior to leaving and founding Nothing, Carl Pei was the co-founder of OnePlus.

The Nothing phone also makes sense in light of Nothing's recent announcement of a strategic partnership with Qualcomm. Guess who else has (or at least used to have) one of those? OnePlus.

It will be an interesting move considering how OnePlus has been changing since Pei's departure, integrating into Oppo on pretty much all fronts, including software, which is destined to become just a ColorOS variation (like Realme UI).

 

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Nothing announces ear (1) black edition

Nothing today announced a new all-black edition of the ear (1) truly wireless earbuds. The company also announced that the product is now carbon neutral and can be purchased using crypto currency.

The new black edition of the ear (1) features a smoky matte black finish for the earbuds along with the usual transparent elements of the standard model. The charging case has also been updated to feature the same matte black finish on the previously white painted elements, with other parts such as the hinge and pairing button also colored to match.

Aside from the color, the black edition is functionally identical to the standard edition, which has sold 220,000 units since it went on sale earlier this year.

Nothing has also revealed that the ear (1) is now carbon neutral. The company now also prints the carbon footprint of each ear (1) on the box, which in this case is 1.78kg CO2e. Nothing would need to offset this cost through other measures to achieve neutrality, which they do by purchasing international renewable energy certificates (REC).

Nothing will also be accepting cryptocurrency for the first time for purchasing the ear (1) through the company's website. Customers will be able to use Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD Coin, and Dogecoin. This payment option will be available in select countries only, excluding markets like India where crypto transactions are illegal.


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