Nothing Ear (1) are official: the first product from Carl Pei's Nothing
Nothing is easily the most exciting tech company to be formed in recent times, mostly because it’s still an enigma. It is helmed by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei — the person who was the public face for OnePlus up until 2020.
Everyone was wondering what type of products Nothing would make, and we mostly still are. The company’s mission is stated to be “to remove the barriers between people and technology”. What that means is anyone’s guess.
Well, the first product to come from Nothing is a set of earbuds — the Nothing Ear (1). They are about to be unveiled today and hopefully throw some more light on what the hubbub around Nothing is all about. Or not, we will see.
You can follow the Nothing Ear (1) unveiling below:
Nothing Ear (1) design
Well, the Nothing Ear (1) earbuds have been announced! They are fully transparent and have that “geeky tech design meets style” look to them. Since Nothing chose this product to be the ambassador for its mission, the transparency here is symbolic. It wants you to be able to peer into the product, examine the clean design, notice the quality of internal materials used.
Strides have been made to make the earbuds as light as possible, making them weigh as little as 4.7 gr each. The stems on the sides have been shortened to make the buds as compact as it's manageable, while still aiming for mic and noise-cancelation performance. Also, these stems house touch controls for playback and volume control.
The design and sound of the Ear (1) have been developed in tight partnership with Teenage Engineering — a Swedish company that specializes in boutique synthesizers and other consumer tech.
Nothing Ear (1) specs
They’ve got huge, 11.6 mm drivers — slightly bigger than on Apple’s AirPods Pro and almost twice as big as the 6 mm drivers in the Sony WF-1000XM4 buds.
We’ve got 3 mics on each Nothing Ear (1) earbud taking care of the noise-canceling — two on the outside, one behind the silicone tip, to keep tabs on what’s actually going on inside your ears.
Battery life: 4.5 hours on a single charge, 22 hours more in the charging case, with ANC always on. The charging case supports wireless charging.
The Ear (1) is compatible with both Android and iOS and has a companion app, which lets you monitor their status and fine-tune sound through EQ presets. There's even a "find my earbuds" feature in the app, which makes the buds emit a loud noise.
Nothing Ear (1) price and release date
The Nothing Ear (1) will cost €99 in Europe, $99 in the USA. Availability to be known soon, over at the nothing.tech website.