You’ll never need to charge these new wireless earbuds – at least not with cables
Swedish audiomaker Urbanista has lifted the lid on a new pair of true wireless earbuds with a charging case that can run solely on solar power.Â
Following the release of the Urbanista Los Angeles over-ear headphones last year, the brand has applied a similar design philosophy to its all-new Phoenix wireless earbuds, which promise to do away with the need for restrictive cords and charging cables thanks to a case that continuously recharges when exposed to all forms of outdoor or indoor light.
Given just how effective the Los Angelesâ€™ charging technology proved to be on testing, weâ€™re less skeptical about the Phoenixâ€™s claim to being the worldâ€™s first solar-powered true wireless earbuds than we otherwise mightâ€™ve been. Still, itâ€™s worth pointing out that the need to expose their case to sunlight (i.e. the part that normally stays in your pocket) is a big disadvantage compared to the Los Angelesâ€™ setup, where the headband houses the all-important solar panels.Â
The earphones themselves are no slouch, though. The Phoenix feature hybrid active noise cancelling and noise reduction microphones that filter out ambient sounds â€“ including a transparency mode akin to Appleâ€™s AirPods Pro earbuds â€“ while they also boast a playtime of eight hours and a total battery reserve of 32 hours (which are both pretty good figures in todayâ€™s market).
Theyâ€™ve got a neat automatic power off feature, too, as well as touch controls, voice assistant support, IPX4 sweat-resistance and USB type-C charging (should you happen to find yourself in a solar eclipse).Â
As for their appearance, the Phoenix come in two colorways: Midnight Black (black) and Desert Rose (pink). And, while theyâ€™re not the most inventive-looking earbuds, their AirPods-esque shape and custom fit silicon tips are very much of the era.Â
Price-wise, Urbanistaâ€™s latest buds will retail for $149 / ÂŁ129 (around AU$220), which puts them right in the mid-range bracket in line with the likes of the Beat Studio Buds â€“ but their novelty value as the worldâ€™s first solar-powered wireless earphones could give them the edge over the competition.
Weâ€™ll be testing the Urbanista Phoenix as soon as they become available, so weâ€™ll be able to make a proper assessment of their value then. When thatâ€™ll be, though, is anyone's guess. Thereâ€™s been no official word just yet on when the new earbuds will hit the market, but Urbanista has opened a sign-up page on its website should you wish to keep track of announcements.Â