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Leaked OnePlus Buds Z confirm details and the look of upcoming budget TWS earbuds

The OnePlus Buds Z looks quite different from the OnePlus Buds. (Image source: OnePlus via 9to5Google)
The OnePlus Buds Z looks quite different from the OnePlus Buds. (Image source: OnePlus via 9to5Google)
The OnePlus Buds Z have not announced by OnePlus, but photos of the upcoming earbuds have been included in an APK. Interestingly, the design of the forthcoming earbuds differs significantly from the current OnePlus Buds.
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OnePlus only got into the earbuds market a few months ago, but the company already appears to have a second pair in the pipeline. According to Oxygen Updater, the earbuds will be called the OnePlus Buds Z and will be available in three colours. The images have apparently been extracted from an APK and reveal the earbuds in their white and silver variants. Oxygen Updater claims that the third variant will be black.  

The OnePlus Buds Z are a departure from the OnePlus Buds visually. On the one hand, the former has silicone ear tips, which should provide a better seal than the open design of the OnePlus Buds. On the other hand, the charging case has a much flatter design, akin to the charging case of the Honor Magic Earbuds.

Oxygen Updater expects OnePlus to unveil the Buds Z on October 14 alongside the OnePlus 8T. Meanwhile, Ishan Agarwal claims that the earbuds will have 10 mm drivers, along with IP55 water and dust resistance and up to 5 hours of battery life. The OnePlus Buds Z will support Dolby Atmos too, albeit only on recent OnePlus devices - except for the OnePlus Nord. Finally, the OnePlus Buds Z will have two microphones, one fewer than the OnePlus Buds has. Overall, we would expect OnePlus to pitch the OnePlus Buds Z for cheaper than the OnePlus Buds, which currently retails for US$79.

The OnePlus Buds Z in Silver. (Image source: OnePlus via 9to5Google)
The OnePlus Buds Z in Silver. (Image source: OnePlus via 9to5Google)
The OnePlus Buds Z in White. (Image source: OnePlus via 9to5Google)
The OnePlus Buds Z in White. (Image source: OnePlus via 9to5Google)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-10- 9 (Update: 2020-10- 9)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.