As real wireless earbuds take over the market in 2020, OnePlus has basically ignored the form factor and kept releasing new generations of neckbud-style designs. Now, a reliable leaker claims that OnePlus has true wireless earbuds around the corner, and they look … familiar.
Max J says on Twitter (and confirmed through private messages) that OnePlus is preparing to launch new truly wireless earbuds in July — just two months from now. It seems entirely possible that this might be in line with the launch of the mid-range OnePlus Z, but there is not enough evidence yet to say that for sure.
Apparently, these new earbuds would look a lot like Apple’s AirPods. The buds themselves seem a little more rounded, but the “stems” and lack of silicone tips are a stunningly close design to what Apple has been pumping out. Max also notes out that this is the actual design, not just an illustration. The case, though, may look a bit more like Google’s Pixel Buds case that was teased in a previous tweet.
Notably, Oppo recently launched a pair of truly wireless earbuds that fit this description as well. OnePlus designs and components are often similar to Oppo’s—especially for the OnePlus 8 series and the Oppo Find X2 series—because both companies share the same production lines and the same owner. Take that because of what it’s worth.
It’s very important to take this with a grain of salt, though. Max says in a follow-up tweet that this information comes from a newer source that, while apparently reliable, still doesn’t have the same track record as his other OnePlus information sources. I wouldn’t write this information completely, given Max’s own track record, but it’s not set in stone yet.