OnePlus Buds Z2 true wireless earbuds enter the $99 market

The Buds Z2 have entered a market space that’s becoming increasingly competitive

OnePlus Buds Z2

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Smartphone and accessories makers OnePlus have entered the budget market for earbuds with the introduction of the Buds Z2, the second iteration of last year’s Buds Z.

The $99 earbuds market has seen some stern competition this year with the introduction of  the Ear (1) earbuds from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new company Nothing. The Buds Z2 is looking to challenge that with true wireless that packs Active Noise Cancellation and enough battery life to outlast its predecessor.

Aside from ANC, the Buds Z2 also offers a returning feature from the Buds Z, Pro Gaming Mode. Pro Gaming Mode offers 94ms latency for your audio, which can be beneficial for gamers as low latency in first-person shooters could mean your game will be over in a flash.

The Buds Z2 also weigh in at 4.5 grams each, which is lighter than the Buds Z and OnePlus’ more premium offering, the Buds Pro.

Available in black and white, the Buds Z2 offers a respectable 7 hours of playtime with ANC turned on, with 31 hours of battery life stored in the charging case. The Buds Z2 also sports the same 11mm driver used in the Buds Pro and supports Dolby Atmos, and AAC and SBC codecs. Those more familiar with equalisers can opt to save a custom profile on the OnePlus HeyMelody app as well.

Price-wise, while the Buds Z2 is indeed within the range of affordable yet feature-rich earbuds, it is double the price of the $49.99 Buds Z and only $50 less than the Buds Pro. However, they do offer quite a few features that are comparable to others earbuds in the same price range, and can be purchased now on OnePlus’ website.