Cheap and good USB-C Earphones for the OnePlus 6T?

I’m a huge fan of OnePlus and love their products, it should come as no surprise that I pre-ordered the OnePlus 6T and had it at launch. It’s an amazing phone but this post focuses on one of my gripes with it – the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

For me the loss of the headphone jack isn’t the issue, it’s the availability of USB-C earphones that is. I really like the Apple EarPods and have been using them with all my phones for a long time – I could use them on the 6T with a dongle but I’d like to avoid that if I can.

I came across the Huawei CM33 which are inexpensive in the UK at less than £10 and look almost identical to the EarPod. Huawei are kind enough to supply these USB-C earphones with their handsets that also have no headphone jack. I believe the part number for these earphones is 55030088.

They feel a little cheaper than the EarPods which considering they are cheaper isn’t something I can complain about. The fit in my ears is very comfortable just like the EarPods and I was happy to see that the OnePlus 6T recognised the earphones were connected. Playing audio I’d say there is a little less bass than with the EarPods but it’s very acceptable. When making phone calls I’ve been told that the mic is good and clear.

In addition to being directly compatible with the phone I can also confirm they have an in-line mic that you can see above – on the reverse of this section is a play/pause and volume buttons that also work with the OnePlus 6T. A double-click of the play/pause button skips the track as you’d expect.

If I’m listening to music or watching video on my phone I’ll typically use my AKG Y50BT headphones but these are quick and convenient for when I’m using public transport or making a long call.

Don’t assume that these excellent value earphones will work with all USB-C devices – my wife has a Google Pixel 2 which I used the earphones with to be greeted by a message stating the connected device was not supported. I make an assumption that the OnePlus 6T has a DAC built in and the Pixel 2 doesn’t.

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