If you’re wondering what the differences are between both generations of Buds Z, in physical terms you’re unlikely to find out easily. However, internally, there are improvements such as, for example, the number of microphones (increased from 2 to 3 per side), the lower latency (less than 100ms) and the enhancement of active noise canceling (ANC or active noise cancelling).
OnePlus Buds Z2: New Generation of Affordable TWS Released
Larger dynamic drivers and transparency mode
The Buds Z2 dynamic drivers have gained a slight increase in size and now use an 11mm diaphragm. In addition, now the second generation of Buds Z has the transparency mode to make it easier to hear the ambient sounds when the user is in places that demand attention to what is happening around them.
Battery and water resistance
In terms of battery life, the Buds Z2 delivers up to 7h of continuous playback with the ANC off and its case adds another 31h of battery life. In addition, the TWS still has attested resistance to splashing water and sweat due to its IP55 certification.
Buds Z2 has Bluetooth 5.2, bringing interesting features (understand the difference to previous versions here). However, it has not been mentioned exactly which Bluetooth audio codecs it uses.
Release and availability
The TWS OnePlus Buds Z2 in-ear Bluetooth headset is now on pre-order for approximately $77 in black and white. However, unfortunately, there is no exact shipping date for the True Wireless in-ear, even in the Chinese market.