Nothing Ear 1 leak reveals totally transparent earbud design

Nothing Ear 1
(Image credit: Nothing)

We were already the expecting the Nothing Ear 1 true wireless earbuds to be among the most uniquely designed on the market thanks to their reportedly transparent components and overall minimalist aesthetic. Now, though, we've got a better look at what that design might look like in reality. 

Twitter user Ayush Verma has uncovered what appears to be an image of the earbuds' case on one of the company's partner websites. While we haven’t been able to verify the render, it does seem to fall in line with other pictures and teasers of the Nothing Ear 1's we've seen previously.

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The design is quite polarizing, to say the least. It seems the Nothing Ear 1's will arrive in a square case with a transparent bottom layer and asymmetrical hinge for the lid, while the buds themselves will sport a short transparent stem with contacts for charging, a bent in-ear design with eartips, a translucent section over the main components as well as red and black marking for the left and right buds, respectively. 

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We also know there'll be a special edition of the Nothing Ear 1 earbuds going on sale, too, available exclusively on StockX. These will come with serial number engraving for the first 100 users, though right now that seems to be the only major departure from the regular variant.

As for the audio features they'll bring, the Nothing Ear 1 will boast active noise cancellation (ANC) at a fraction of the price of the Apple AirPods Pro, which is rare in this segment of the market. Given the designs we've seen, we reckon the red and blue circles are the outwards-facing microphones, used to capture ambient sounds and cancel out the noise.

Set to be unveiled on July 27, the Nothing Ear 1 will cost just $99 / £99 (around AU$180). That's not only cheaper than Apple's ANC effort (which cost $249 / £249 / AU$399 at launch), but also most other noise-cancelling earbuds on the market right now.

As for other concrete details we know, there's nothing to report as yet. The brand did recently post a cryptic image to Instagram – allegedly a close up of the earbuds – though beyond their obvious transparent quality, it doesn't reveal all that much more by way of their design. 

Still, at least see-through materials fit with the company's mission statement. According to Nothing, it's goal is to "remove barriers between people and technology to create a seamless digital future that looks, lives, and feels like nothing." 

Notice it omits 'sounds' from that statement? We're hoping that means the Nothing Ear 1 earbuds make a big impact on the ears, even if not on the eyes. 

In any case, we'll find out more on on July 27 – the event kicks off at 4am PDT / 9am EDT / 2pm BST / 11pm AEST.

Aakash Jhaveri

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