OnePlus has just announced that they are working on a “Pro” version of the earphones, apparently following up on last year’s OnePlus Buds and Buds Z. A release date for the new OnePlus Buds Pro or “Buds Pro Edition” (it’s called both) was not Not mentioned in the announcement, but a handful of lucky testers can apply to check them out early. Applications close July 1


Not much is known about the new earbuds, but the “Pro” moniker is likely intended to draw a parallel to Apple’s Airpods Pro, which differs from the basic Pro-less model with the addition of ANC and a design that seals more firmly against your ear canal.

OnePlus may not have said much about the product, but it did reveal a timeline that could indicate that a release will happen very soon. According to OnePlus, applications will close on July 17, reviewers will be announced on the 21st and devices will be sent to testers as soon as July 22 with an embargo to be followed on a date yet to be determined. However, OnePlus also later says that “reviewers receive devices around the official launch event date”, so we could see a product launch before the end of the month. North 2 is also set for launch on July 22, so it could be released thereafter.

I was a fan of last year’s OnePlus Buds and I still use them regularly even though they are not without their problems. While they are comfortable for my ear shape and sound good to the style of open through earplugs, the Bluetooth connection quality is lacking and touch control is limited – two questions, I hope the new knobs do not suffer.

Those who hang out early in Buds Pro must write their review within seven calendar days, and that sounds just as OnePlus only distributes 10 units in total. If you want to throw your hat in the ring, choose OnePlus based on photography and writing skills as well as previous experience. If you are interested, good luck and you can apply here.