Nothing was founded by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei not too long ago and their first product is already here. The $99 (₹5,999) Nothing Ear 1 is a pair of TWS earphones with a unique design and commendable feature set. The earphones carry a transparent design which helps showcase its internals in full glory. And yes, the charging case is also getting transparent treatment.
The Ear 1 is co-created and tuned by Teenage Engineering. The earbuds feature an 11.6mm driver. Speaking of which, up to 40db Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is on board along with Transparency and normal modes. Three microphones are present to keep you sounding crystal clear during calls using advanced algorithms to keep out wind and unwanted background noise.
We think the Ear 1 to be quite an alternative to the AirPods Pro at least when the price is taken into consideration.
The Nothing Ear 1 is IPX4 certified for splash and sweat resistance. Each earbud weighs 4.7g which is a perfect balance in our opinion and features pressure-relieving vents for optimum comfort. Nothing provides three ear tip sizes for the best fit possible. The Ear 1 can provide listening time for up to 5 hours and when combined with the charging case, you can expect 34 hours of battery life.
The Ear (1) app is available on iOS helping users manage and customize their earbuds. The Android app is also available and as a bonus for Android users, the earbuds support Google Fast Pair enabling instant pair and play. The Ear 1 will be available in limited quantities on Nothing’s website starting July 31. A full-fledged rollout will begin on August 17. In India, the Ear 1 will be a Flipkart-exclusive device.