You've all heard of OnePlus by now, the company which announced the OnePlus One smartphone back in April. This CyanogenMod-based beast has been in high demand ever since, unfortunately along with the device also came a rather strange invitation-only purchase privilege. Although rather unorthodox and annoying, majority of people who wanted one of these bad boys found the way to get them.
OnePlus just announced an interesting partnership with JBL, an American audio electronics company which is owned by Harman. This company has been around since 1946 and is well-respected around the world. OnePlus announced that JBL created a special earphones for the OnePlus One device called JBL E1+. These earphones come with premium 9mm JBL drivers outfitted with PureBass technology in order to maximize the sound output and its quality, according to OnePlus. The flat cable which comes with these earphones is tangle resistant and will be available in a red color, which looks really good in my humble opinion, just check out the images. JBL also included some buttons on these earphones, if you take a look at the cable you'll notice those buttons along with a microphone. These buttons have several functions, adjusting volume, answering calls, skipping tracks and you can even take pictures with those. Eartubes are made of rubber and they are, of course, replaceable, so just put some smaller / larger tubes on there (also included), whichever fit you best. "By working with partners as iconic as JBL, we are able to not only expand the OnePlus community but also learn from experts in the industry to make your One even better for you. We are committed to forging more of these partnerships in the future and continuing to grow the OnePlus family." said OnePlus.
These earphones will be available for purchase in October and will be priced at $39.99. You can visit OnePlus (source link below) for more details if you'd like. Your thoughts? I don't think this was a necessary move by OnePlus, but it sure can't hurt. The earphones themselves look great and I'm sure they'll offer great quality as far as build and sound signature is concerned, but we'll have to wait a bit to find that out.