Qualcomm has unveiled two new Bluetooth audio systems-on-a-chip (SoC) aimed for use in true wireless headphones. Currently, ANC tech is mostly the preserve of premium propositions such as the Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 around the £200/$200 mark.
The new Qualcomm chips boast Active Noise Cancellation (Hybrid ANC) and voice assistant support (usually Google Assistant) - until now features like these have only been found in more expensive earbuds. The other earbud mirrors the connected one, and if a user removes the connected bud from their ear, the mirroring bud can quickly take over the connection without any interruption.
The new chips support Qualcomm's TrueWireless Mirroring technology which basically means that one of the buds does the hard work in terms of maintaining the connection with your phone or other Bluetooth devices while the other bud simply mirrors that sound.
The chips are supposedly more power efficient, too, so that even with noise-cancellation on battery life should last longer.
The QCC514x and QCC304x SoCs are also optimized to deliver leading power consumption under various use cases, with up to 13 hours' playtime based on 65mAh battery.
Qualcomm has today released a couple of new Bluetooth chipsets for wireless earbuds.
Essentially, both SoCs from Qualcomm integrate voice assistant support and ANC, which means that any TWS earbuds or headphones that are powered by the QCC514x or the QCC304x chips in the future will have built-in ANC support.
For entry/mid-tiers, the QCC304x family offers push-button voice activation for multiple voice ecosystems.