Earlier today it was confirmed that OnePlus is jumping on the bandwagon by ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on the OnePlus 6T. Yes, really, after portraying it as a differentiating feature when the OnePlus 6 launched, the handset maker has changed its stance on the audio jack. This is going to cause considerable angst and dismay among some OnePlus fans, and with this in mind, OnePlus has just unveiled these Type-C wired Bullets earphones.
Just to elaborate on the audio jack, the OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei, confirmed to TechRadar that the next OnePlus (6T) handset would launch without a 3.5mm audio jack. So the news comes directly from the horse’s mouth.
According to Pei, the reason for kicking the audio jack to the curb is merely a question of timing and the reasoning that 59% of its customers already owned a pair of wireless headphones. While this does make some sense, it should also be noted that OnePlus also launched its Bullets Wireless earphones at the same time as the OnePlus 6, with an updated model rumored for release sometime in October, which is coincidentally when the next OnePlus flagship will be announced.
So, now that we’ve covered the audio jack or lack of it, rather, what do the Type-C wired Bullets earphones bring to the table? Well, OnePlus says that the new earphones constitute more than just an update to the Bullets V2 earphones while boasting similar metal design and superior sound. The earphones feature a professional DAC from Ciruss Logic that minimizes the loss of quality, has a lower noise floor, and a higher dynamic range. The cable is said to be more resistant to stretching thanks to a new coating, and as you might expect, there is a USB Type-C connector instead of the 3.5mm audio jack. Scheduled for release during October, likely during the OnePlus 6T launch, the Type-C Bullets will cost $19.99 in the USA and £15.99 in the UK.
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