OnePlus Buds is company's first AirPods rivals — and the perfect OnePlus Nord companion

A leaked design for the OnePlus Buds. (Image credit: Max J via Twitter (@MaxJmb))

The OnePlus Buds have just been revealed as the company's first true wireless earbuds. And even better, they will be the support act for the new OnePlus Nord mid-range smartphone when it launches in a couple of weeks' time.

In an official statement by OnePlus, it confirmed the rumors that it's about to release a pair of true wireless 'buds. However, it doesn't have much else to say than that, as the company's keeping a lot of details hidden until the OnePlus Nord's launch event on July 21.

According to its press release, the OnePlus Buds will feature "high-quality audio playback and an easy-to-use experience on the go, eliminating all wires for a truly freeing sound experience." That's not very specific, but it is evidence that the company's continuing to pursue the 'burdenless' design goal it has had for all its products up to now, including its excellent OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro phones.

The teaser image provided by OnePlus, revealing the Buds' branding.

The teaser image provided by OnePlus, revealing the Buds' branding. (Image credit: OnePlus)

These new buds have been hinted at before by the company in a tweet from last week. We've also seen a potential design leak from leaker Max J, which shows the Buds to be similar to the Apple AirPods, with an all-plastic design, including the tips, and a matching round-shaped charging case.

OnePlus has already had some success with wireless audio. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, which came out alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro in 2019, were well-priced, smartly designed and great-sounding Bluetooth earbuds. However, the tether connecting the two buds to each other made the buds look a bit dated compared to the likes of the Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.

We'll see the OnePlus Buds and the OnePlus Nord at an AR launch event taking place on July 21. The Nord is definitely the star of the show, allegedly offering flagship-level features like a quad rear camera, dual front camera, 90Hz display and 5G support for less than $500. While it's confirmed as coming to Europe (including the UK) It's not pinned for a US release yet. But if the Nord is as good as it sounds, we hope OnePlus changes its mind.

Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.