OnePlus recently released the OnePlus Buds Pro. Despite not being the company's first true wireless earbuds (that title goes to the OnePlus Buds and the OnePlus Buds Z), it's still the most premium of its lineup and the first to actually ship with active noise cancellation (ANC). But at $150, it can also cost a little bit too much for some people. And cheaper earbuds, like the Nothing Ear 1 coming in at $99 with full ANC support, might prove to be sufficiently good to steal OnePlus' thunder. But OnePlus might launch a cheaper version of the OnePlus Buds Pro soon.
In its typical fashion, OnePlus has started to talk about its upcoming products that are being announced on July 22. This time it's not about the Nord 2, it's the Buds Pro, and they seem all set to compete with the AirPods Pro.
As most phones have left the headphone jack behind for good, true wireless earbuds have gone from optional accessories to must-haves for on-the-go listening. While Samsung, Apple, and Jabra fight it out in the premium space, there's still plenty of competition available for low and mid-range options. Amazon is no stranger to providing quality alternatives at lower prices — it's kept the budget Android tablet alive single-handedly with its Fire tablets. Whether it can do the same with earbuds is another question altogether.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I packed up our entire lives in six suitcases and left Lebanon for a new beginning in France. Paris to be exact, or the outskirts of it to be more granularly precise. While the reasons for the move are more bitter than sweet, I've found myself adapting surprisingly well — and fast — to this new lifestyle. No car, more subways and walking, a ton of greenery, more rain, but also sunlight until 9 or 10pm, and more baguettes than I could ever dream of. But since we're a gadget site, I'll spare you the cheese and wine assortment and get straight to the main dish.
We were thrilled when Anker introduced its new Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds, thanks to their premium feel, active noise-cancellation, and affordable price tag, at just $130. The product's ratings have also confirmed they offer great value for money. They're now even cheaper, as they're down just $80 on Best Buy, representing a $50 markdown compared to their original price.
The AirPods Pro might be made by Apple, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth a look from Android enthusiasts. Apple's flagship earbuds offer a comfortable in-ear fit, a wireless charging case, and top-of-the-line active noise cancellation that's among the best you'll find in earbuds this small. And right now, Woot is selling them for just $189.99, a savings of $60 off the MSRP.
Mobvoi makes a bunch of earbuds under the TicPods banner, but the Earbuds Gesture are probably the company's most unique (and not just because of the name): you can take or decline calls by moving your head. They also have ANC and solid battery life, so there's a lot going on for just $70 ($20 off).
After more than three years in the true wireless earbud business, Anker has established a tight grip on the low to medium end market with dozens of products populating the $20-$100 range that often out-perform their price tag. Now it's ready to tackle a more premium segment with its first active noise cancellation buds, the Liberty Air 2 Pro.
Sony may not be among the most popular Android OEMs, but that doesn't mean its phones are subpar. We called the Xperia 1 Sony's best phone yet in our review last year, and now you can pick it up from Amazon for just $550 — and that's not all. This bundle also includes the top-tier XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation
RHA's first attempt at true wireless earbuds left a little to be desired, but the upgraded TrueConnect 2 that came out this summer offered enhanced sound and better battery life. The British audio brand is now back with a completely redesigned model that features active noise cancellation and wireless charging, as well as a brand-new Connect app.