The OnePlus Buds Z are a more affordable version of the OnePlus Buds. They feature 10mm dynamic drivers and 20 hour battery life, compared to 13.4mm drivers and 30 hours of the original model. That aside, the Z keep most of the features of the original Buds and even bring some upgrades.
You still get 3D stereo powered by Dolby Atmos for a more immersive experience, plus Bass Boost for deeper sound. There’s no active noise cancellation on either model for listening to music, though they do feature in-call noise reduction.
The Buds Z are more suitable for exercise – while the originals have an all-plastic exterior, the Z come with interchangeable ear tips that ensure a comfortable, secure fit. Better yet, these are rated IP55, so they are rain and sweat proof (the Z only IPX4 rating, which keeps them safe from splashing water).
The Quick Switch function on the new buds allows you to connect to two different devices and switch between them with a double tap. They also support Quick Pair, so your phone will prompt you to connect as soon as you open the case. The buds are smart enough to automatically pause playback when you take them out.
The Bluetooth 5.0 connection of the new buds enables low latency operation, as low as 103 ms. When they need to charge, you can pop them in their charging case and after 10 minutes they'll be ready to play for 3 hours straight.