Many news in the last hours relating to the world of mobile audio: OnePlus has revealed some more details about its Buds, Mobvoi launches into the over-ear headphones sector with a proposal full of features and at a reasonable price, and Vivo brings its TWS Neo outside of Chinese borders. Here are all the details.
OnePlus will present its first TWS earphones in just a few days, together with the high-end smartphone North. In the past few days the company has said that they will have a really good autonomy – up to 7 hours for a single charge, 30 hours in total with the case; now we learn that charging will also be fast, thanks to the adoption of the Warp Charge technology that we already know well in smartphones.
In more detail, product manager Jay Liu said the charging case will have a 430 mAh battery, and that 10 minutes will be enough to charge the equivalent of 10 hours of use. Apparently no special cables will be needed, but a charger capable of going at least 1.5V / 5A, maximum speed allowed to avoid long-term damage to the battery. No wireless charging, though: apparently OnePlus judged its secondary importance. The good thing is that it will at least help keep the price of the headphones down.
Mobvoi is best known for its TicWatch smartwatches based on Wear OS with a convincing quality / price ratio, but recently it has also entered the world of audio. After the TWS TicPods Free earphones, the company engages with real headphones.
The TickCasa have an over-ear design, are wireless and support active noise cancellation (ANC), from -28 to -32 dB. They are foldable for better portability, and a jack input is provided for wired use. Thanks to the Qualcomm QCC3031 and ADI1787 chips, aptX and aptX HD high resolution audio codecs are supported, in addition to the "usual" AAC. Bluetooth 5.0 ensures a stable connection of up to 15 meters, and the built-in 800 mAh battery offers up to 30 hours of listening on a single charge (50% volume and ANC off; 20 hours with ANC on). The charging port is a microUSB, and the design is not the most refined, but the list price is tempting – € 129.99 on the official Mobvoi website. Availability is immediate for both gray and black colors.
Vivo also enters the world of TWS earphones. the TWS Neo are headsets that aesthetically resemble Apple's AirPods – no in-ear design, therefore – but are available in both white and black. According to the company, the 14.2 mm driver guarantees crystal-clear calls and a music full of emotions throughout the dynamic range. There is no ANC, but there are two microphones for reducing background noise during calls.
The chip included in the earbuds is based on Bluetooth 5.2 and supports the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec, and Vivo's proprietary technology, which also takes advantage of AI, lowers latency to just 88 ms – a very low value for this type of product. Unfortunately it is only offered on the latest smartphones of the X50 Pro company. Vivo also offers DeepX technology which allows you to choose between three equalization profiles – Mega Bass, Clear Voice and Clear High Pitch. The touch-sensitive back offers several gestures: double touch to launch Assistant, control playback or start a call, long press to reject or close a call and swipe up or down to adjust the volume. The earphones are also IP54 certified for resistance to liquids and dust.
The earphones have an autonomy of 4.5 hours of continuous listening (45 mAh battery); the charging case (400 mAh) offers another 17, for a total of 22.5 hours. Charging the earbuds in the case takes a maximum of 45 minutes, while the case requires 100 (USB Type-C port). On some smartphones of the company it is also possible to perform a very fast pairing procedure and a search function is provided in case of loss.
Earphones had been introduced to China last month with the X50 family; now they arrive in India at a price of 5,990 rupees, equal to € 69.90.
The best quality / price ratio of 2020? Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite, on offer today from Mobzilla for 268 euros or from Amazon for 323 euros.