Finally, the Nothing announcement of their $99 Ear (1) true wireless earbuds, which will go on sale on August 17th across 45 countries including the US and UK, priced at $99 / £99 / €99. The noise-canceling buds launch after months of teases, concept images, and even a presale in which Nothing auctioned off 100 pairs of the earbuds prior to their official reveal. In a statement, co-founder Carl Pei calls the Ear (1) “a breath of fresh air in a cluttered and indifferent market”.
Talking about the specifications the earbuds include an 11.6 mm driver, and depending on where you are, they will either be in light noise-canceling mode or maximum noise-canceling mode. One setting allows users to hear a little sound around them from the outside world while the other blocks out all surrounding sounds.
Noise-canceling is the most important feature for anyone looking to use these earbuds, and there are three different modes the user can switch between. The maximum noise level will be best suited for louder environments, while Light mode should work well in quieter situations. The transparency mode does not have any special noise-canceling features, but it does allow you to hear what is going on around you if that’s your preference.
The Ear (1) earbuds offer 5.7 hours of battery life without ANC and 34 hours of battery life with the charging case on or off. This drops to four hours for the buds and 24 hours with the case on with ANC switched on.
What market does the Nothing announcement of Ear(1) compete with?
While Nothing seems to be not competing directly with AirPods Pro, but the statements made by the company in past make it obvious that they are trying to compete with the AirPods pro-market.
If you’ve been looking for a new pair of truly wireless earbuds, but haven’t found something that catches your eye yet, these might be worth checking out. For $99 / £99 / €99 the Ear (1) offers noise-canceling and touch controls in an attractive package. The company has teased their product since they announced it back in April – even including 100 pairs at auction before revealing anything about them publicly – so we’re excited to see what Nothing has come up with this time around.