Startup Nothing, which was created by One Plus co-founder Carl Pei, introduced new completely wireless headphones – Nothing Ear (stick). Overall, this is the company’s second model of TWS headphones and third product overall, after Nothing Ear (1) and Nothing Phone (1), which was released after its founding.
Unlike the Nothing Ear (1) with ear cushions and noise cancellation, the Nothing Ear (stick) is a lightweight, in-ear version that the company says is designed for long-term wear. At the same time, the design of the model is made in a similar style with a translucent case.
The Nothing Ear (stick) comes in a more compact tube-shaped charging case that swivels for easy removal. The housing of the headphones itself has protection against moisture and dust according to the IP54 standard and has dimensions of 29.8×18.8×18.4 mm with a weight of only 4.4 grams. The case, of course, is larger and heavier, its dimensions are 87.1×29.8×29.8 mm, and its weight is 46.3 grams.
Nothing Ear (stick) uses 12.6 mm drivers, the model connects to sound sources via Bluetooth 5.2, while AAC and SBC codecs are supported. The headphones have an ear sensor, as well as support for Google Fast Pair and Microsoft Swift Pair technologies for quick connection with Android smartphones and Windows laptops.
The headphones are charged in the case through magnetic connectors, and it itself has a USB-C port for charging. Nothing promises that with a volume level of 50% Nothing Ear (stick) can work for up to 7 hours of listening and up to 3 hours of talking. The battery built into the case provides up to 29 hours of listening time and up to 12 hours of talk time. At the same time, the headphones support fast charging, 10 minutes in the case provide 1.8 hours of playback.
Nothing Ear (stick) settings are embedded and displayed in the Nothing Phone (1) smartphone operating system, and other Android and iOS smartphones will require the Nothing X app.
The headphones are available for pre-order now for $99, but are currently only available in select markets, including Canada, Denmark, Spain, the UK, Ireland and Japan.