Phones Editor, Tech AdvisorMAY 19, 2020 9:02 am BST
If a new filing with the Taiwanese National Communication Commission is anything to go by, then these are the upcoming HTC U Ear wireless earbuds (via
The beleaguered former king of Android barely releases any hardware these days, but it looks like it’s going to churn out an AirPods clone nearly four years after Apple announced its market-shaping headphones. If the branding is accurate, the company is limping on with the ‘U’ branding of phones like 2017’s HTC U Ultra and 2018’s U12 Plus.
The small black earbuds look to sit in a USB-C powered case that opens like a clam rather than the dental floss tyle that AirPods popularised. The buds’ stems have two metal contacts on them for charging while the speakers are a fixed shaped.
It’s a pretty non-descript design and looks pretty off the shelf to us. There’s no real design charm like you’d find on something like the
Galaxy Buds Plus.
There’s no guarantee these will see release, but it’s a little sad that HTC could be soldiering on and trying to build consumer products with no sign of any kind of strategy.
Henry is Tech Advisor’s Phones Editor, ensuring he and the team covers and reviews every smartphone worth knowing about for readers and viewers all over the world. He spends a lot of time moving between different handsets and shouting at WhatsApp to support multiple devices at once.