Nokia is launching its first active noise canceling headphones which should deliver good audio quality at an affordable price.
After a long absence from the headset market, Nokia had already presented a few models, including Power Earbuds and Essential Wireless Headphones. Although their characteristics are respectable, these products go almost unnoticed in the market. The brand hopes to change this by launching new noise canceling headphones, the Nokia Noise Canceling Earbuds.
A sober appearance
The latter take a design similar to that of the AirPods, with a small rod extending downwards. They are stored in a clamshell box, also very sober, but which seems of good quality. In terms of colors, the Noise Canceling Earbuds will be offered in black and blue, thus remaining faithful to this principle of sobriety.
For its new headphones, Nokia has gone all out. As their name suggests, Nokia Noise Canceling Earbuds offer active noise reduction, capable of canceling up to 25 db of noise pollution. If, on the contrary, you prefer to hear what is happening around you, the headphones also offer a transparency mode, like what is already available from the competition. Google Assistant will also be there and will be able to read your messages directly to your ears.
Audio quality should also be there thanks to the 13mm diameter graphene transducers. On the other hand, no mention is made of possible water resistance – which would make them somewhat fragile in the rain or at the gym – nor as to compatible Bluetooth audio codecs.
In terms of autonomy, each earpiece has a 45 mAh battery, allowing them to last five short hours with active noise reduction. It’s a bit disappointing for a 2021 model, especially since the competition is doing better in more compact formats, such as the Sony WF-1000XM4, which remain the best in the segment to this day.
The charging case can extend the autonomy up to 20 hours thanks to its additional 400 mAh. It plugs into USB-C, allowing it to share the same cable as your smartphone or computer. On the other hand, the wireless load is absent subscribers, another frustration compared to the competition.
An affordable price
Despite some shortcomings, the Nokia Noise Canceling Earbuds seem capable of offering high sound quality and effective noise reduction. Their price will also be a good selling point, since they should cost around 100 euros. Their French availability has not yet been announced, but they could overshadow the Jabra Elite Active 75t or the Huawei FreeBuds 4i.