OnePlus presents Buds Z wireless headphones with Touch control and a range of up to 20 hours: The OnePlus 8T not only reaches the market, but the company has launched the Buds Z a new True Wireless headphones that become an economical alternative to the Buds.
The Chinese firm has once again said goodbye to the wired wireless headset format, although the wireless Z Bullets are still within its product portfolio. In this case you have opted for a simpler design shell type that will be available in different colors.
Inside, they would integrate a 10 mm driver that would be in charge of boosting the bass. The sound would be of good quality as they would be compatible with Qualcomm's aptX HD standard.
In each headset there would be a microphone with which it would be possible to invoke the Google Assistant and answer phone calls.
As you can imagine, these Budz Z have some limitations compared to the original Buds such as, for example, that they are not compatible with the Warp Charge fast charge. It should be noted that they maintain other aspects such as the 'Quick Pair', with which as soon as you open the box, you will have your mobile phone and headphones connected, or 'Quick Switch', with which you can have connected headphones to two devices at once and change the audio from one to another.
OnePlus presents Buds Z wireless headphones
However, the autonomy would be 4.5 hours thanks to the 40 mAh battery that houses in each headset. The carrying case incorporates a 450 mAh battery that could recharge them up to 5 times, for a playback time of up to 20 hours.
They are sweat-resistant, as they are designed for sports activities thanks to their IP55 certification.
The OnePlus Buds Z will be on sale for 59 euros in white from the next 4 November. Although in the future they will come out in more colors.
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