Nokia today announced the Essential Wireless Headphones, another attempt at tackling Bluetooth audio from an highly price-conscious viewpoint.
This means that in effect, the new over-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0, a 500mAh battery promising up to 40 hours of standalone wireless operation, and a price tag that’s likely at about half of what you’d expect to see attached to this kind of a complete spec sheet.
That would be €59 in Europe, which equates to under $69 in India, another massive market for mid-range Bluetooth audio that was already confirmed as one of several targets for the Essential Wireless Headphones and their upcoming international debut.
Note that this gadget comes from the same HMD Global group in charge of the current crop of modern Nokia Android smartphones which have been gradually filling various price segments since Microsoft cut its losses with the brand a few years back.
This sort of a low-price, medium-quality audio solution fits in quite well in Nokia’s existing inventory, though a pure price-money ratio analysis may not be able to present it in its best possible light. So, your best bet is to approach this device as one that you need to address concrete problems requiring just as highly defined solutions.
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