OnePlus Buds 3 could debut with the upcoming OnePlus 12

As the year draws to a close, the mobile technology scene is gearing up for the introduction of another flagship, with OnePlus set to unveil the OnePlus 12 ahead of schedule. The launch of the next flagship in China is scheduled for December 4, coinciding with the company’s 10th anniversary celebration. However, the OnePlus 12 may not be the only device joining in the celebration. According to a report from MySmartPrice, the OnePlus Buds 3 appeared on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification website with model number E509A. Additionally, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification website also features the Buds 3, indicating that OnePlus is preparing to launch its new earbuds.

The FCC certification listing not only confirms the device’s moniker but also provides insight into its design. The designs of the OnePlus Buds 3 align with previously leaked renders, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the design language introduced with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 earlier this year.

Additionally, the certification discloses the charging specifications of the device. According to the listing, the case will house a 520mAh battery with 4.5W input (5V=0.9A) and 1.2W output support (5V=0.24A). The earbuds themselves will be powered by a 58mAh battery.

While the listing doesn’t confirm battery life specs, it’s speculated that the Buds 3 could offer the same as the Buds Pro 2, 9 hours of battery life without ANC, with the case offering a combined battery life of 33 hours. With ANC enabled, the earbuds can sustain 6 hours of use, extending to 22 hours with the case. The Buds 3 can also support fast charging, with a brief 10-minute charge providing 5 hours of listening time.

Although the listing does not provide specific specifications about the device, the OnePlus Buds 3 are expected to feature a 10.4mm woofer and a 6mm tweeter. Similar to its predecessor, the Buds 3 is expected to feature support for 48dB active noise cancellation (ANC). Additionally, these headphones will have an IP55 water and dust resistance rating, while the case will have an IPX4 rating.

The OnePlus Buds 3 are expected to debut alongside the OnePlus 12, mirroring the strategy of launching the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 alongside the OnePlus 11. This suggests that the Buds 3 could be officially introduced in China as early as next month. For a global release, we’re looking at January 2024, following the usual model of OnePlus launching in China first, then globally a month or two later.

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