OnePlus Buds Z2 vs Nothing Year 1: Which TWS earbud should you choose?


OnePlus recently launched the OnePlus Buds Z2 earbuds in India along with the OnePlus 9RT. OnePlus Buds Z2 comes with several attractive features such as active noise cancellation, and environmental noise cancellation. The company first announced the OnePlus Buds Z2 alongside the OnePlus 9RT launch in China in October 2021, and after three months, the company has finally launched these earbuds in India.

In India, the OnePlus Buds Z2 competes with the Nothing Ear 1 true wireless earphones, launched by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, the UK-based electronics brand owned by Nothing. What sets the Nothing Ear 1 apart from other TWS earbuds is its transparent design. Apart from the unique design, the Nothing Ear 1 earbuds come with a host of premium features including active noise cancellation and wireless charging. To make things easier for you which one will best suit you, we have compiled a detailed comparison of both the earbuds.

Here’s a detailed comparison of the two earbuds:


The OnePlus Buds Z2 is a new model of the Buds Z. A unique feature included this time around is active noise cancellation. The OnePlus Buds Z2 has three pairs of silicone ear tips that ensure that the buds fit snugly in the ears. You also get a USB Type-C charging cable inside the box. The case is not too big and fits easily in the pocket. The pairing button and charging port are present on the rear side of the case along with the company logo, which is given above the lid. In addition, there is an indicator light at the front.

On the other hand, the design of the Nothing Ear 1 is quite different from other earbuds including the OnePlus Buds Z2. These earbuds come with transparent body. You can see what components are fitted inside it. The design of the Nothing Ear 1 lets you see the internal components, the microphone and the official logo of the company. The tech giant has used color-coding instead of using L and R to indicate which earpiece goes to which ear. The red dot represents the right earpiece, and the white dot represents the left. The Nothing Ear 1 has touch-sensitive controls on its outer stalk.

OnePlus Buds Z2


The battery of OnePlus Buds Z2 is quite good according to its price segment. They are backed by a 520mAh battery. The Buds Z2 is rated to last up to 38 hours with ANC mode turned off. However, if the ANC mode is turned off, the Buds Z2 will provide 7 hours of playback. A 10-minute charge of the earbuds and the case will keep your music playing for up to 5 hours. Furthermore, the earbuds offer 2 hours of playtime on a single charge of 10 minutes. You also get a USB Type-C port, and there’s no wireless charger support.

The Nothing Ear 1 offers up to 6 hours of battery life on the earbuds and up to 34 hours without the case including ANC. However, if you turn on ANC, the total battery life will be reduced to 24 hours. Nothing says that you can get up to 8 hours of playback in a 10-minute charge with fast charging via USB Type-C. The OnePlus Ear 1 earbuds are also backed by a 570mAh battery. The company claims noise level reduction of up to 40db when using ANC. Talking about charging, the Nothing Ear 1 case supports USB Type-C and Qi wireless charging mode. The earpieces attach magnetically to the case to draw power from the battery.

IP Rating

The Buds Z2 has IP55 dust and water resistance, while the Nothing Ear 1 only has IPX4 splash resistance.

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noise cancellation

Both OnePlus Bude Z2 and Nothing Ear 1 come with Transparency Mode with Active Noise Cancellation. The OnePlus Buds Z2 has two noise cancellation modes, Faint and Extreme which are between 25 dB to 40 dB. The tech giant lets you check the battery level of both the earbuds with the help of the company’s HeyMelody app. Nothing has also built an app called Ear(1) to customize the controls and other features in the Nothing Ear 1. The app features equalizer settings, faster pairing, firmware updates, and in-ear detection.


For wireless connectivity, you get Bluetooth 5.2 with support for AAC/SBC codecs on the Buds Z2 and Nothing Ear 1.


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The OnePlus Buds Z2 comes under Rs 5,000. The OnePlus Buds Z2 is priced at Rs 4,999 and is an upgrade over the OnePlus Buds Z launched in 2020.

The Nothing Ear 1 true wireless earphone has been launched at Rs 5,999. Nothing Year 1 price in India is much more affordable than in the global market. They are priced at $99 in the US, approximately Rs 7,400, GBP 99 (approximately Rs 10,200) in the UK and EUR 99 (approximately Rs 8,700) in Europe.

OnePlus Buds Z2 vs Nothing Year 1: Which TWS earbud should you choose? Appeared first on BGR India.

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