On this week’s episode of Devices 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora speaks with our in-house audio skilled Ali Pardiwala, together with MySmartPrice Editor-in-Chief Ershad Kaleebullah and Headphone Zone Founder and CEO Raghav Somani, to debate the Nothing Ear 1 intimately and the way they match into India’s TWS market.
Nothing was launched earlier this yr, simply months after Carl Pei left OnePlus. Nonetheless, as a substitute of constant the journey that Pei left at his Chinese language firm, the London-based startup selected TWS earbuds as its first product class and unveiled the Ear 1 because the very first providing in that class.
Earlier than the official announcement, Nothing did quite a bit to create hype for the Ear 1 earbuds — identical to how OnePlus initially gained reputation amongst fans. Hyping the product was, nonetheless, not the one factor that Pei’s group did. It additionally introduced the unique transparent design in collaboration with Swedish audio startup Teenage Engineering. The agency additionally partnered with Flipkart particularly for the Indian market to chop down its logistics and variable bills to some extent and convey the Ear 1 earbuds at a special pricing of Rs. 5,999. It’s significantly lower than the global price that’s set at GBP 99 (roughly Rs. 10,200).
The Ear 1 additionally include options together with lively noise cancellation (ANC) and wi-fi charging (along with common wired charging) to ship a full-fledged TWS earbud expertise. Though the pricing of the Ear 1 brings it right into a crowded phase that has choices from firms similar to Anker Soundcore, Realme, and Oppo, Nothing can be aiming at Apple’s premium AirPods Pro which might be at the moment priced at Rs. 24,999 — you may get them at round Rs. 18,000–20,000 throughout a web-based sale, although.
We talk about how effectively the Nothing Ear 1 fare in opposition to the competitors and whether or not they can really struggle the AirPods Professional and its ilk. We additionally discuss issues just like the sound expertise and the battery life. And that takes us into the largest concern with TWS earbuds: their tiny (custom-made) batteries scale back their lifespan and contribute to e-waste, a rising downside for the world at this time.
So, with out additional ado, hit the play button on the Spotify participant embedded above to hearken to our dialogue.
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