Nothing’s Ear and Ear (a) earbuds with active noise cancellation are now available for pre-order

Carl Pei’s Nothing has revealed two new wireless earbuds at an event in Tokyo. It calls the Ear, the more expensive model of the two with prices starting at $149 and £129, a refinement of its older model the Ear (2). The Ear retains the brand’s transparent design and looks very similar to the previous model. But it’s powered by a new custom 11 mm dynamic driver and comes with a dual chamber design that allows it to deliver clearer sounds compared to its predecessor.

It also features a new smart active noise cancellation (ANC) algorithm that can check for noise leakage between the earbuds and the ear canal and then add more noise cancellation accordingly. Plus, it can automatically apply the level of noise cancellation needed — high, medium or low — appropriate for the environment the user is in. Nothing says the model’s noise cancellation rated at 45 dB is almost twice that of the Ear (2), as well.

When it comes to battery life, the Ear’s was also designed to last longer. It can last for up to 40-and-a-half hours after a full charge with its charging case, or up to eight-and-a-half hours of non-stop playback. In addition, the model comes with a new mic that enables less obstruction and interference, support for LHDC 5.0 and LDAC codec for high-resolution streaming over Bluetooth and the ability to quickly switch between connected devices.

Meanwhile, the Ear (a) is the more fun and more affordable model between the two new releases. It’s the first Nothing model that isn’t just black or white — though those colors are also available — with one version’s non-transparent parts and case colored in vivid egg yolk-yellow. Even though its prices start lower than the Ear at $99 and £99, it also features the same ANC technology and the brand’s new smart ANC algorithm that can check for sound leakages. It even supposedly has a better battery life than its more expensive sibling and can last for up to 42-and-a-half hours of music playback after a full charge with its charging case.

Both Ear and Ear (a) are now available for pre-order from Nothing’s website. They’ll start making their way to buyers and will be available for general purchase on April 22.

Yellow earbuds.Yellow earbuds.


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