ASUS Cetra True Wireless Pro earbuds unveiled with several innovations ahead of autumn 2022 launch
ASUS has introduced the Cetra True Wireless Pro, an unusual pair of wireless earbuds. While the Cetra True Wireless Pro resemble a conventional pair of wireless earbuds, ASUS allows people also to use them as a wired pair of earbuds instead. As the company's marketing images show, the earbuds can be placed in an adapter that ends in a USB Type-C connection when needed.
Additionally, the adapter has in-line microphones and controls, which complement the touch-based ones on the earbuds themselves. According to ASUS, using the Cetra True Wireless Pro with its adapter reduces latency compared to using them as wireless earbuds. Still, the inclusion of Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound and aptX Adaptive provides 45 ms latency in wireless mode with 24-bit compressed audio transmission at 96 kHz too. By contrast, the adapter has a built-in ESS 9280 Quad-DAC that supports 32-bit audio at 384 kHz.
Naturally, the earbuds are not constrained by battery life when connected to a device through USB Type-C. Conversely, ASUS quotes up to 4:30 hours with active noise cancellation activated, which rises to 7 hours with ANC disabled. Incidentally, the bundled charging case supports recharging via USB Type-C or the Qi wireless standard. Moreover, ASUS has confirmed that the Cetra True Wireless Pro is IPX4 certified. Unfortunately, the company has not confirmed how much the earbuds will cost. However, the earbuds will be available in October.