OnePlus's next cheap wireless earbuds don't look that different from its last pair

OnePlus Nord Buds
The original OnePlus Nord Buds (Image credit: Peter Hoffmann)

New details about the upcoming OnePlus Nord Buds 2 have been revealed – and so far the differences with their predecessors appear to be only skin-deep.

The original OnePlus Nord Buds can’t compete with the very best wireless earbuds out there, but then they’re not designed to. Instead, they're designed to offer great value for money – and they deliver, offering solid sound and impressive battery life for a relatively low price of $39 / £49 (about AU$55), which is why we gave them a four-and-a-half-star score in our review.

So, even though they aren't sonically on a par with the likes of Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds, we’re nevertheless excited to hear that OnePlus has plans to release the follow-up OnePlus Nord Buds 2. However, details revealed in a regulatory filing in the US suggest they won’t be much of an upgrade – at least where the battery is concerned.

Documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal that the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 will boast a 41mAh battery capacity, and their case will use a 480mAh cell, both of which are the same size as in the original Nord Buds. This certainly isn't the end of the world – the battery life of OnePlus’s first Nord Buds was one of their best qualities – but we always like to see follow-up products offer an improvement over what came before.

Diagrams outlining the rough size and shape of the OnePlus Nord 2 earbuds and case

A snippet of the FCC filing (Image credit: OnePlus)

Another minor gripe we have is that the case used by the Nord Buds 2 looks set to be just as annoyingly bulky as the original case. We'd have loved to see the new Nord Buds get a sleeker case that can be more easily slipped into a pocket, but it looks like we'll be disappointed, as the case shown in the filing looks similar to the Nord Buds case, although it does appear to be a little more rounded.

The only change the filing does reveal is that the Nord Buds 2 will have a slightly different design. Based on the images, unlike the original Nord Buds the Buds 2 don't have a stem – they have a circular nub at the bottom instead.

With this filing having been submitted, it likely won’t be too long before we find out more about the Nord Buds 2; however, and design aside, if the price and audio quality don’t see any improvements over what’s come before, you can expect us to keep recommending the originals – especially if they get a price drop when the new buds launch.

Hamish Hector
Senior Staff Writer, News

Hamish is a Senior Staff Writer for TechRadar and you’ll see his name appearing on articles across nearly every topic on the site from smart home deals to speaker reviews to graphics card news and everything in between. He uses his broad range of knowledge to help explain the latest gadgets and if they’re a must-buy or a fad fueled by hype. Though his specialty is writing about everything going on in the world of virtual reality and augmented reality.