On July 14th, Nothing announced that it would auction the first 100 units of its Ear 1 earbuds a week ahead of their official July 27th reveal. But StockX, the company hosting Nothing’s auction, has accidentally leaked the Ear 1 design. If this leak is accurate, then it’s our first real look at the mysterious Ear 1 buds.
While all of the Ear 1 photos on StockX’s website are cropped to hide the actual earbud design, it seems that the company used an uncropped photo as the preview image for its Ear 1 landing page. This was first noticed by Ayush Verma, who tells INPUT that he found the leaked image when sharing StockX’s Ear 1 landing page on social media.
So, here is the image of the Case of the upcoming Ear-1 (showing the positioning of the earphones). I guess, the white layer will hide the circuit and the battery of the case, as contact points to earphones are also coming from that white part only.#NothingEar1 pic.twitter.com/KUJloIUFec
— Ayush Verma (@iayush_ayush) July 15, 2021
The full-sized image no longer shows up when you share StockX’s Ear 1 landing page. Close inspection of the website’s HTML reveals a cropped image titled “DropX-NothingLanding-Page-Share2,” which is likely intended as a replacement for the full-sized Ear 1 photo.
Assuming that this leak is genuine (it matches up with the cropped photos on StockX’s site), then the Ear 1 buds are a lot less transparent than expected, at least from this angle. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Ear 1 buds were delayed to make the internal circuitry look more appealing.
Speaking of circuitry, the Ear 1 charging case appears to be fully transparent without any internal wiring or batteries. Perhaps this image is just a concept render and not a faithful representation of the real product? We’ll just have to wait and find out.