The OnePlus Buds might be great cheap Apple AirPods alternatives, but of course, that's only true when they actually work. It seems that many people who have purchased the $80 earbuds are experiencing a strange defect leaving the left earpiece completely silent, with no way to recover it. Affected customers are encouraged to exchange their Buds under warranty, though it looks like new units aren't immune to the issue, either.
The OnePlus 8T is only a few weeks old, but a deal on the device has already popped up online. B&H Photo's deal of the day offers up an unlocked, 128GB OnePlus 8T plus a pair of OnePlus Buds — all for the price of $629. That's a great deal on a 5G-compatible device with dual-SIM capabilities and some high-quality Bluetooth buds.
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Yesterday, OnePlus got us all hot and bothered with the promise of $1 OnePlus buds in a flash sale today. Well, that sale started at 11 a.m. Eastern time this morning — and ended by 11:01. As expected, stock went fast. If you were able to get a pair, congratulations! They're very good earbuds for one dollar. If you missed out, you'll have another chance later today.
It's been a few months since OnePlus released its first pair of truly wireless earbuds. The OnePlus Buds are pretty solid for the most part, but their lack of customization with older OnePlus and non-OnePlus devices has held them back. Last month, we learned more details about a companion app that would expand the functionality of OnePlus Buds to more devices. Today, it looks like the app itself has surfaced — although it's not exactly what we expected.
OnePlus released its first pair of wireless earbuds this summer. Normally retailing for $79, we found that they offer surprisingly good sound for the price. Now the buds are slipping into impulse buy territory with savings of $20 from Amazon and other online retailers, making them a mere $59.
OnePlus may launch a cut-price sequel to its first true wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds, when it debuts the OnePlus 8T next week. Image files recovered from a anonymously-shared proprietary APK show off what is being called the OnePlus Buds Z as a slimmer version of their progenitor. There's also word of a new OnePlus Bullets product as well.
OnePlus’s first truly wireless Buds do look like AirPods knockoffs, which even got them into trouble recently, but their price-to-performance ratio was pretty much on point. One of their bigger caveats is that you need a OnePlus phone even for basic customizations, leaving out a big chunk of non-OnePlus users. The company is preparing to fix that at last by releasing a dedicated app for the OnePlus Buds.
In a response sent to Android Police, US Customs and Border Protection has indicated it does not intend release a shipment containing thousands of OnePlus Buds headphones back to OnePlus. Instead, the agency is doubling down on its decision to seize the offending earphones, saying that they violate Apple's trade dress for its signature AirPods.
Somewhat notably, Apple's initial filings for trade dress of its headphones were denied by the USPTO, but later successfully registered after that decision was contested. Trade dress, which is a type of trademark that protects the distinctive look and feel of a product (as opposed to a name or logo), is often cited when in seizures of counterfeit goods.
US Customs and Border Protection racked up a win late last month, according to its most recent press release. On August 31st, the agency seized 2,000 counterfeit "Apple Airpod Earbuds" destined for Nevada at New York's JFK International Airport. The only problem: those are OnePlus Buds, as you can see in the poor images DHS provided.