After months of anticipation, Carl Pei’s Nothing is finally unveiled its first product —Ear 1. The Ear 1, stylized: ear (1), is just the beginning of a long and exciting journey for Nothing. Here we will be discussing the key specifications, features, expected price, and availability of Nothing Ear 1 in Nepal.
Nothing Ear 1 Overview:
The deal with transparency
Ear 1 is bound to stand out among its competitors because of the unusual design choice. That looks to be the primary design inspiration for the TWS. In the interview with TechCrunch, CEO Pete Lei said, “It turns out, there’s a reason why there’s not a lot of transparent consumer tech products out there.”
On the other hand, transparent design is very hard to pull off. You are trying to make something look perfect when it would have been covered completely in traditional design. This, in part, has contributed to the delayed launch of the product.
Not so original design
Keeping the transparency aside, the Ear 1 reminds me of Oppo Enco W51, which we reviewed a while ago. You have an AirPod-like stem design with silicone tips at the end. Nothing ships Ear 1 with three pairs of the latter for optimum fit. Each earbud weighs around 4.7 grams.
Sound and Connectivity
Inside, you get an 11.6 mm dynamic Graphene driver. AAC and SBC are the only codecs supported here. Thus, you won’t be able to enjoy high-fidelity using Ear 1.
As for connectivity, Ear 1 comes with the latest Bluetooth v5.2. It is compatible with Android (v5.1 and above) and the latest iPhones (11 and later). It even supports Fast Pairing with select Android smartphones.
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Moving on, Nothing Ear 1 comes with hybrid Active Noise Cancellation. It is the Apple AirPods-like feature that Carl Pei was referring to earlier. You even have the option to switch to transparency Mode; when you don’t want complete isolation from the surrounding.
Nothing has included three high-definition microphones for the AI-powered environmental noise cancellation.
The steam of the earbud is home to touch-sensitive controls. It supports tap (double and triple), tap and hold, and sliding input. Users have the option to customize the triple tap and tap and hold as per their liking.
Talking about the companion app, it offers four sound preset to choose from – all tuned by Teenage Engineering. You can even adjust the noise cancellation level from the app.
Rest of the Specs
On a full charge, the Ear 1 can last up to 4 hours with the ANC turned on Turning off the ANC will add two hours of playback. With the case, the number increases to 24 hours and 34 hours, respectively. Ear 1 supports fast charging which provides a combined 8 hours of playback (case+earbuds) with a quick 10-minute charge.
You can fully charge the case in 52 minutes. It even supports wireless charging but it is slower as it takes around 2.5 hours.
Nothing Ear Specifications:
- Driver: 11.6 mm dynamic graphene,
- Connectivity: Wireless (Bluetooth v5.2, 10 meters range)
- Audio codecs: AAC, SBC
- Music time:
- ANC on: 4 hours, 24 hours (with charging case)
- ANC off: 6 hours, 34 hours (with charging case)
- Charging time: 52 minutes (charging case), 2.5 hours (wireless)
- IP rating: Yes, IPX4 water resistance
- Noise-canceling: ANC
Nothing Ear 1 Price in Nepal and Availability
Nothing has been very confident about the pricing of the Ear 1. While it is not going to be dirt cheap, the company says it is affordable given the features it packs.
For context, Nothing Ear 1 is priced at $99 in the US, £99 in the UK, INR 5,999 in India, and €99 in Europe. The first sale is on July 31 on Nothing’s official site.
The company will be focusing on direct sales to keep the price down. It has already announced partnerships with Samarttech and Selfridges. UK, India, Europe, and North America will be the primary market for Nothing. In total, Nothing will be available in 45 different countries.
We can expect the price of Nothing Ear 1 in Nepal to be around NPR, if and when it launches here.
|Nothing Product||Price in India||Price in Nepal [Expected]|
|Ear 1||INR 5,999||NPR 10,000|
There will be more
In addition to TWS, Nothing is also working on two other products. While we don’t know what they are, we believe they will all follow the same “principle unique design and seamless connection”.
Nothing has also clarified that they have not yet thought of utilizing any of Essential’s intellectual properties in its products. Nothing bought Essential for trademarks, but it has no further plans for the time being.