Nothing ear (1) Finally Launched

After so much teasing and bit by bit unveiling, Nothing has officially launched Nothing ear (1). This is the first time I saw such hype over a pair of £99 GBP wireless earbuds. Big names like Unbox Therapy and Casey Niestat are involved in the launch.

Truthfully speaking, I am a little underwhelmed by the actual product. Much hype is centered around the transparent design. However, the end product shows that only the stem is transparent while the rest seems like any other earbuds.

Leaving all the hypes aside, if you look at the specs and price point (£99 GBP), I think it is not a bad deal.

Here are the specifications: –

EAR BUD

  • Height: 28,9 MM (1.13 IN)
  • Width: 21,5 MM (0.83 IN)
  • Depth: 23,5 MM (0.91 IN)
  • Weight: 4,7 GRAMS (0.16 OZ)

CASE

  • Height: 58,6 MM (2.30 IN)
  • Width: 58,6 MM (2.30 IN)
  • Depth: 23,7 MM (0.93 IN)
  • Weight: 57,4 GRAMS (2 OZ)

SOUND

  • Driver: 11,6 mm Dynamic
  • Diaphragm: Graphene
  • Chamber size: 0,34 CC
  • Tuning: Teenage Engineering
  • Codec: AAC and SBC
  • Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation

CLEAR VOICE

  • 3 High Definition Microphones
  • AI Powered Environmental Noise Cancellation

BATTERY

  • Full charge: Up to 34 hrs in the case (ANC Off); 24 hrs (ANC On)
  • Charge Compatibility: ear (1) charges inside the case; ear (1) case charges with QI compatible wireless chargers or USB-C chargers

CUSTOMIZATION

  • Controls: Customisable touch and slide
  • Equalizer

FEATURES

  • In ear detection
  • iOS / Android app
  • Fast pairing
  • IPX4 Splash Proof

COMPATIBILITY

  • Android 5.1 and above
  • iOS 11 and above

CONNECTIVITY

  • Bluetooth Version: v5.2
  • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVR

CONTENTS OF THE BOX

  • Pair of earbuds with
  • Ear tips in size S, M, L
  • Wireless charging case
  • USB-C cable
  • Safety Information & User Guide
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They are available in limited quantity at 14:00 BST from 31st July 2021 via a limited drop on nothing.tech. Open sales begin on 17 August 2021 across 45 countries and regions, including the UK, USA, and Canada, both at nothing.tech and select retailers, such as Selfridges.

You can check out the Press Release below for more information.

Press Release

Here Comes a Sound of Change – Nothing ear (1)

Nothing ear (1) combines raw beauty and precise engineering, with Active Noise Cancellation, for a pure sound experience.

London, UK – 27 July 2021 – Today Nothing introduced ear (1), the highly anticipated true wireless earbuds featuring an iconic transparent design and a premium user experience. With up to 34 hours playtime with the case, a powerful 11.6mm driver and leading specs including Active Noise Cancellation, Nothing ear (1) delivers a pure sound experience at just £99 GBP. 

“Nothing ear (1) is a breath of fresh air in a cluttered and indifferent market, setting the tone for our connected digital world to come,” said Carl Pei, CEO and Co-founder of Nothing. “It marries advanced technology, precise engineering, and groundbreaking design at an unbelievable price.”

Iconic design

Nothing like you’ve seen before, the raw beauty of ear (1)’s stripped down aesthetic features transparency to expose the engineering, including microphones, magnets and circuit board. Everything that is ear (1) is there with purpose – from the instantly recognisable red colour signal for ‘Right’ to the case’s playful fisheye dip that helps secure the buds. Not only does it look distinct, ear (1) was designed for advanced comfort. Each earbud weighs in at just 4.7g, and delivers pressure-relieving vents, an ergonomic fit, and three customisable liquid silicone tips.

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Pure sound

Pure sound starts with a big driver, 11.6mm to be exact. The audiophiles at Teenage Engineering painstakingly dialled in the software and hardware for balanced bass, mid, and treble performance. Behind the scenes, the latest Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity ensures you never miss a beat.

State-of-the-art noise cancellation

Active Noise Cancellation on ear (1) uses three high definition mics to bring your music, films, and podcasts into sharp focus. Use Light mode for moderate noise cancellation and Maximum mode for noisier environments like when on an airplane or at the office. When you’re ready to let the world back in, activate Transparency mode. For loud and clear calls, Clear Voice Technology was specially-developed for ear (1) to reduce distractive background noise, like wind.

Raw power

Power runs deep on ear (1) with up to 5.7 hours of listening time and up to 34 hours with the case. The compact power source delivers ultra-fast charging – 10 minutes charge of the case delivers up to 8 hours for a day’s power. The Nothing ear (1) charges wirelessly and is compatible with all Qi chargers.

Additional features include Find My Earbud, EQ, Active Noise Cancellation and Gesture Control customisation via the ear (1) App, as well as In-Ear Detection and Fast Pairing. The ear (1) earbuds are also sweat and water splash resistant.Availability for Nothing ear (1) starts at 14:00 BST on 31 July 2021 via a limited drop on nothing.tech. Open sales begin on 17 August 2021 across 45 countries and regions, including the UK, USA and Canada, both at nothing.tech and select retailers, such as Selfridges.

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About Nothing

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Nothing is dedicated to removing the barriers between people and technology to create a seamless digital future. Based in London, Nothing wants to inspire people to believe in the positive potential of technology again. Starting 2021, Nothing will begin bringing back artistry, passion, and trust to the field of consumer technology.

Nothing is a privately held company with backing from GV (formerly Google Ventures) and other private investors including; Tony Fadell (Principal at Future Shape & Inventor of the iPod), Casey Neistat (YouTube personality and Co-founder of Beme), Kevin Lin (Co-founder of Twitch) and Steve Huffman (Co-founder and CEO of Reddit).