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Nothing Unveils New Earbud Lineup: Ear and Ear (a)

London-based technology company Nothing has announced its latest foray into the audio market with the launch of two exciting new wireless earbud models: the Nothing Ear and the Nothing Ear (a).

Positioned as premium and affordable options respectively, these earbuds promise an array of cutting-edge features and sleek designs that continue Nothing’s tradition of innovation and style.

Shared Design, Differentiated Specs

Both the Ear and Ear (a) retain Nothing’s signature transparent design language, featuring a stem and silicone ear tips. The Ear (a), however, sports a slightly different rectangular charging case compared to the Ear’s case.

SpecificationNothing EarNothing Ear (a)
Drivers11mm custom ceramic driver11mm PMI + TPU dynamic driver
Noise Cancellation45dB Active Noise Cancellation45dB Active Noise Cancellation
Wireless CodecsLHDC 5.0, LDACLDAC
EqualizerAdvanced Equalizer
Battery Life8.5 hours (earbuds), 40.5 hours (with case)9.5 hours (earbuds), 42.5 hours (with case)
ChargingUSB-C, Wireless up to 2.5WUSB-C
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, White, Yellow

Nothing Ear: Refined Performance and Premium Features

The flagship Nothing Ear is set to be a direct successor to last year’s Ear (2), boasting significant enhancements in both design and functionality. Priced at €129/$149/£129, the Ear aims to deliver a premium audio experience at a competitive price point.

One standout feature of the Nothing Ear is its refined 11mm dynamic drivers with a ceramic diaphragm, promising richer, crisper highs and enhanced bass performance.

The addition of two vents improves airflow, contributing to a clearer and more balanced sound signature. Audiophiles will appreciate the support for LHDC 5.0 and LDAC codecs, enabling high-bitrate streaming, alongside an advanced Smart ANC algorithm that automatically adjusts noise cancellation based on environmental factors.

Nothing Ear and Ear (a)
image credit: Nothing

Users can further tailor their audio experience with an Advanced Equalizer available through the companion Nothing X app, allowing for personalized sound profiles that can be shared with friends.

Connectivity is seamless with Bluetooth 5.3, supporting dual device pairing and compatibility with Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair. Clear Voice Technology enhances call quality, ensuring crisp and clear communication.

The Ear offers a respectable 8.5 hours of playback (5.2 hours with ANC) and up to 40.5 hours with the charging case, supporting both wired USB-C and wireless Qi charging.

The Nothing Ear will be available in classic black and white colors, with pre-orders starting immediately and open sales commencing on April 22.

Nothing Ear (a): Affordable Excellence

For those seeking a more budget-friendly option without compromising on performance, Nothing introduces the Ear (a) at an attractive price of €99/$99/£99.

The Ear (a) inherits many key features from its premium counterpart, including the 11mm dynamic drivers, ANC, and LDAC support.

Design-wise, the Ear (a) showcases a slightly altered rectangular case and is offered in vibrant yellow alongside the classic black and white variants. Despite its lower price point, the Ear (a) maintains high standards in audio quality and functionality.

Nothing Ear and Ear (a)

With up to 9.5 hours of playback (5.5 hours with ANC) and a total of 42.5 hours with the charging case, the Ear (a) ensures extended listening without frequent recharging. This model supports wired USB-C charging exclusively.

Both the Nothing Ear and Ear (a) models feature IP54 dust and water resistance, making them suitable for various environments.

The inclusion of Hi-Res Wireless Audio, adaptive noise cancellation, and Clear Voice technology further enhances the listening and calling experiences for users.

The Ear (a) offers Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity with dual device connection capabilities, along with features like in-ear detection, Google Fast Pair, and Find My Earbuds functionality.

Introducing ChatGPT Integration

Notably, Nothing also introduces ChatGPT integration with these new earbuds, allowing users to summon the AI assistant through a pinch gesture.

This integration promises a seamless and intuitive interaction experience, enhancing the overall usability of the Ear and Ear (a) models.

Availability and Pricing

The Nothing Ear and Ear (a) are now available for pre-order, with open sales scheduled to begin on April 22. The Ear retails for €149/$149/£129, while the Ear (a) is priced at €99/$99/£99.

With the introduction of the Ear and Ear (a), Nothing continues to expand its audio portfolio, catering to a wider range of consumers with its signature design and innovative features.


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