Nothing is gearing up to launch its first-ever second-generation product next week. The Nothing Ear (2) TWS earbuds will debut on Wednesday, March 22. It appears the company will follow up with another pair of TWS earbuds shortly afterward. It has obtained Bluetooth certification for an unannounced audio product that may arrive under its alleged sub-brand Particles by XO.
Nothing is fairly new to the tech industry. That’s evident by the fact that it has yet to launch a second-gen product. However, rumors about it forming a sub-brand have already been doing rounds for the past few months. In December 2022, leaks showed us a new pair of TWS earbuds featuring a “Particles by XO” branding on the case. The source linked the product to Nothing. It was unclear whether “Particles by XO” was the name of the sub-brand or if “Particles” was the name of the product and “XO” was the brand name.
While the mystery was unsolved all this while, the leaked TWS earbuds have now popped up on the Bluetooth SIG certification portal. The listing says it’s a wireless earphone from Nothing and doesn’t mention “Particles by XO” anywhere. However, the model number (B154) is the same as what we saw back in December. This confirms the link between Nothing and Particles by XO. The latter looks certain to be the sub-brand of the new company founded by former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei.
The Particles by XO TWS earbuds will boast ANC
This certification listing reveals that the new TWS earbuds from Particles by XO will boast Bluetooth 5.2. That’s all we get to know about it today. However, the original leak in December mentioned support for LHDC (Low Latency High-Definition Audio Codec) and ANC (Active Noise Cancellation). By the looks of it, Nothing is targeting the sub-brand at the premium segment while it plays in the cost-sensitive area of the market.
The design of these earbuds is also a massive shift from the company’s current portfolio of semi-transparent products. The upcoming wireless earphones feature a peanut-shaped design. It’s like a glossy plastic peanut dangling out of your ear. Each bud has at least two microphones: one each at the top and bottom. That’s all we know about the first product from Nothing sub-brand Particles by XO. With Bluetooth certification now done, the company may be planning to release the product sooner than later. We will let you know as soon as we have more information about these earbuds.