While its first few products weren’t quite as good as they could have been, OnePlus stepped up its game in 2016 with the OnePlus 3. And since then, it’s barely taken a wrong step, growing rapidly and building on its reputation. With the launch of the OnePlus 6 last month, the company cemented its reputationas a serious player in the Indian flagship smartphone market.
Alongside the OnePlus 6, the Chinese smartphone maker also launched a key accessory for smartphones – the OnePlus Bullets Wireless in-ear headphones. The successor to the OnePlus Bullets v2 wired in-ear headphones that were launched in late 2016 alongside the OnePlus 3T, the new wireless headset comes at a price of Rs 3,990. Are these just another pair of wireless neckband-style in-ears, or is there more to this than meets the eye? We find out in our review.
When it comes to the design of the headphones, there are some significant changes over the previous wired headset. The design is a bit more adventurous this time around – it’s sharper and more abstract, but maintains its all-metal build. Aiding the fit are silicon ear-wings, alongside the ear-tips. These are detachable, and three pairs each of the ear-wings and ear-tips come in the box, in different sizes.
While the wings do help in getting a secure fit, you could easily skip using them altogether, since the earphones are light enough to stay in place even without them. The package also comes with a silicon carry case, which is oddly not big enough for the entire headset to slip into. It seems to exist only to keep the charging cable, along with the extra wings and tips. The cable is a standard USB Type-C one, but isn’t compliant with the same Dash Charge standard for the company’s smartphones.
Each earbud runs via a short cable into the neckband, which serves to keep the headphones in place, as well as houses the battery and electronics of the headset. It’s quite flexible, and feels solid as well, to the point that I wasn’t worried about just tossing the headset in my bag without much attention to how it’s being stored. The cable could have maybe been a bit shorter, considering it occasionally brushed up against my face during use.