During the OnePlus Nord 2 5G launch event, OnePlus finally announced its debut into the premium TWS (True Wireless Stereo) category with the brand new OnePlus Buds Pro. Coming with features such as Adaptive Noise Cancellation and impressively long battery life, OnePlus Buds Pro will try to give Apple‘s Airpods Pro — the gold standard for TWS — a run for its money.
Keeping in mind that the Chinese firm’s TWS comes packed with attractive specs at a way lower price, it might actually be giving a tough competition to the Airpods Pro.
Let’s take a look at how OnePlus Buds Pro features stack up against Airpods Pro features:
OnePlus Buds Pro vs. AirPods Pro Comparison
|Specification||OnePlus Buds Pro||Apple’s Airpods Pro|
|Price||$150 (Approx 11,000 INR)||$249 (Approx 19,000 INR)|
|Noise Cancellation Type||Adaptive Noise Cancellation||Active Noise Cancellation|
|Number Of Microphones||3||4|
|Battery Life (ANC On/ANC Off)||Up To 5 Hrs/Up To 7 Hrs||Up To 4.5 Hrs/Up To 5 Hrs|
|Battery Life (With Charging Case)||38 Hrs||24+ Hrs|
|Charging Speed||10 Hrs Playback In 10 Mins*||1 Hr Playback In 5 Mins*|
|Sweat Resistance||IP55, IPX4||IPX4|
|Colour Variants||Black, White||White|
|Weight||56.35 g||56.4 g|
|Availability||Aug 25 (Europe), Sep 1 (US & Canada)||Available|
As is clear from the comparison table, while AirPods Pro has one extra microphone, OnePlus Buds Pro obliterates it in almost every other department. One more thing that Apple’s TWS offers, while OnePlus’s doesn’t, is Adaptive EQ (adaptive equalizer).
However, considering the huge difference in price point and other crucial factors such as battery backup, this shouldn’t drastically tilt the balance away from the OnePlus Buds Pro.
OnePlus Buds Pro vs Airpods Pro: Preview
Overall, OnePlus’s newest venture in the TWS sector looks like a wake-up call for Apple, which has been very patient in releasing a revamped version (rumored for 2022) of the original Airpods Pro (released in 2019). It will be interesting to see how OnePlus Buds Pro fares against its Apple counterpart when the former releases later this year.