A patent from Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has stoked rumors that it's about to launch two new true wireless earbud models – one that resembles the Apple AirPods, and one that looks like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.
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Images within the patent suggest that the new true wireless earbuds will feature buttons or touch-sensitive housings, that could allow you to control your music playback, take calls, and summon your smartphone's voice assistant.
A microphone on the stem could potentially be used for active noise cancellation, though it may just enable you to make phone calls with the earbuds. A proximity sensor on the buds themselves could also allow for an auto play/pause feature, stopping your music automatically when you remove them from your ears.
Competition for Samsung?
The second true wireless earbuds model included in the patent are a little more reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, with a more compact stem-less design. Neither patent reveal a charging case for the buds.
While the new wireless earbuds could be launched as a follow-up to the Oppo Enco Free, it's important to note that a patent doesn't always translate to an actual product release – for now, we'll have to keep an eye out for any announcements from the company.
Either way, Oppo's past earbuds have been a little hit and miss, to say the least. We recently reviewed the Oppo Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling headphones, and while we liked the design and 22-hour battery life, we weren't exactly enamored with the sound quality on offer.
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Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.