- OnePlus has announced the Buds Z2 in China.
- The new budget true wireless earbuds pack several improvements over the original Buds Z, including upgraded drivers, more microphones, and Bluetooth 5.2.
- Pricing starts at ~$77.
Aesthetically, you’d have a tough time playing spot the difference between the two generations. The Buds Z2 still uses its predecessor’s long-stalked, silicone-tipped design but does smooth out a few edges on the earphone body itself. In terms of colorways, you’re still looking at either black or white.
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In terms of audio, the Buds Z2 gains slightly larger 11mm drivers, although that’s still noticeably smaller than the 13.4mm drivers in the pricier OnePlus Buds. The OnePlus Buds Z2 also gains a transparency mode, allowing ambient audio to pass through to the listener.
Other additions include lengthy battery life. OnePlus claims a total battery runtime of 38 hours with top-ups from the case. This drops to 27 hours with noise reduction active but still trumps the original Buds Z’s 20-hour figure. The Buds Z2 also packs an IP55 water resistance rating and land with Bluetooth 5.2 support. Dolby Atmos support makes a return too for Color OS 12-powered phones.
OnePlus Buds Z2: Price and availability
The OnePlus Buds Z offered stellar, unpretentious performance for just $49. The OnePlus Buds Z2 starts at 499 yuan (~$77) in China and goes on pre-sale starting today. General availability kicks off on October 19. There’s no word on when the buds will be available internationally.