Sony has launched an updated version of its LinkBuds S earbuds that were introduced in May. Rather than towing a slew of audio features, the LinkBuds S Earth Blue buds have a marble finish produced by incorporating more recycled materials into it. The pair of in-ear noise cancelling headphones are already available for pre-order for the same price as other variants.
- Sony intros new LinkBuds S Earth Blue made from reclaimed water bottles.
- The LinkBuds S Earth Blue buds have a distinctive marble finish.
- Sony sells the Earh Blue variant of the buds for $198.
Sony says that the Eart Blue buds and its charging case are made from "reclaimed water bottles and factory-recovered plastic". This results in distinctive marble patterns on the exterior. The other color options of the LinkBuds S also tap recycled materials, but these utilize plastics from automobiles. Likewise, all colors use zero plastic in the packaging.
Besides the unique paint job, the Earth Blue Sony LinkBuds S in-ears do not come with any changes as regards the sound and connectivity. These IPX4-water resistant earbuds feature the same compact and lightweight form along with circular encasing and replaceable ear tips. Inside there are 5mm audio drivers and a set of noise-cancelling microphones.
Like the recent Nothing Ear (stick), Sony's LinkBuds S earbuds support Google Fast Pair, although the latter boasts LDAC codec on top of AAC and SBC. In addition, it gets a multipoint connection via Bluetooth 5.2. Unfortunately, battery life is unchanged with 20 hours of total playback using the case or 6 hours with the buds between charges.
Sony has opened pre-orders for the LinkBuds S Earth Blue which cost $198 in the US or €200 in Germany and other parts of Europe. It is expected that these new ANC headphones will be shipped at the end of October.
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