A lot of smartphone brands are getting into the true wireless earphones space this year and it looks like they have no plans on stopping. Several days ago, OPPO has unveiled the Enco Free, the company’s newest entry in the market.
The OPPO Enco Free is scheduled to launch on the 26th of December alongside the upcoming Reno 3 smartphones. But since we are currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to attend OPPO’s APAC Conference, we were given the chance to experience the product before it gets released.
Without much surprise, the OPPO Enco Free looks a lot like other wireless earphones out there. However, it has some distinct features that makes it stand out among the rest. Other affordable truly wireless headphones doesn’t have in-ear silicone tips, but this one does. And it makes a massive difference in the experience. It’s more comfortable by a mile compared to other TWS earpbuds.
In addition, the charging case looks simple yet sleek. The matte white case also has the classy OPPO branding in the middle to always remind you that it is indeed an OPPO product. Thankfully, there’s no more logo on the earphones itself otherwise it would have been a deal breaker.
When it comes to sound quality, the OPPO Enco Free is decent but there’s nothing to write home about. Based on my initial tests, the bass is undeniably missing it a lot of songs that I listened to and there’s no noise cancelling similar to the Enco Q1 as it’s limited to phone calls only. The sound quality is good, but it’s not really that impressive.
On to the technical details, OPPO Enco Free features Bluetooth 5.0 and it has a wireless range of up to 10m. It has a 13.4mm dynamic driver it can last for up to (5) five hours at 50% volume on a single charge. With the charging case, it can stretch for an additional 20 hours. It can be easily charged back up again to 100% with the use of the USB Type-C cable included in the package.
Perhaps what I like the most the OPPO Enco Free is how it is to control. Both the left and right earphone have specific controls embedded within them. On the right earbud, swiping down on its body will play the next song in the list. Meanwhile, swiping up returns to the previous track. Tapping it pauses/plays the track and removing either earbud pauses whatever’s playing. To adjust the volume level, swipe down on the left earbud to tone it down and swipe upwards to bring the volume up.
There’s no pricing information available for the OPPO Enco Free as of the moment, but I can already tell that it’s not going to be expensive. That’s not to knock it off or anything, but there are lots of other options out there if you’re all for sound quality. Anyway, we’ll have to wait how OPPO plans to play this out. If they price this right, it can definitely be a huge hit in the Philippines.