Tronsmart Partners with Qualcomm to Release Apollo Bold Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earbuds

July 20 2020, 00:35
In the crowded and highly competitive true wireless stereo category, most brands try to go after Apple's leading AirPods. With the bar set extremely high already, in 2020 Apple created another wining product with the AirPods Pro, based on a powerful platform that enables constantly adapting and upgradable active noise cancellation (ANC). Now, other technology vendors have platforms that enable manufacturers and brands to add ANC to their designs. Tronsmart has once again partnered with Qualcomm for that reason.

Earlier in 2020, Tronsmart released its own Onyx Ace true wireless earbuds in partnership with Qualcomm, offering an updated Bluetooth 5, IPX7 design, equipped with Qualcomm's aptX, and cVc8.0 noise cancellation and audio processing. The product, directly aimed at competing with Apple AirPods, placed the Shenzhen-based company in the map of leading technology brands.

But since Apple launched the AirPods Pro with active noise cancelling, the feature quickly became a must have in the true wireless category. And again Tronsmart resorted to cooperating with Qualcomm in this area, to quickly design an ANC-enabled product and brought to market the Apollo Bold earbuds, just four months since introducing the latest Onyx Ace model. 

This time, Qualcomm delivered its flagship QCC5124 chip to support Tronsmart's first hybrid active noise cancelling earbuds and deliver up to 35dB reduction in a powerful platform that is able to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates. The Apollo Bold TWS earbuds are manufactured by Grandsun, one of the biggest Qualcomm chip processing factories, and feature 6 microphones to better support hybrid-ANC, while allowing for better spatial awareness, particularly when in transparency mode, and also improve call quality.

According to Qualcomm, the Tronsmart Apollo Bold TWS design can directly support integrated active noise cancelling and Bluetooth signal processing, providing the best performance without any interference, instead of using independent chips for Bluetooth and ANC. The Apollo Bold earbuds are also designed with hybrid (Feedforward & Feedback) noise cancelling technology, delivering up to 35dB of cancellation. TrueWireless Stereo Plus synchronous signal transmission technology ensures that left and right earbuds receive Bluetooth signals simultaneously.

With the experience of previous TWS designs, Tronsmart added all the features that are required in a flagship product, such as a customized graphene-coated driver, AAC and aptX support plus Qualcomm's cVc signal processing, an improved LDS laser antenna design that provides a transmission distance up to 15 meters (50 feet), in-ear detection, touch controls on both earbuds and a design that is unique enough, without blatantly copying existing products.

Leveraging an 85 mAh battery on the earbuds and a 500 mAh battery on the charging case, the Tronsmart Apollo Bold are able to offer up to 7 hours of usage with ANC on at 50% volume, or up to 10 hours of music playback with ANC off and 50% volume. The USB-C case allows for further 30 hours charging, reaching full capacity in just 2.5 hours. And apart from all the premium specifications, Tronsmart is announcing a retail price that is almost half on its main competitors. Shipping is not yet confirmed, but Tronsmart estimates the dedicated app that will enable sound personalization, OTA updates and customization of the touch controls, will be available in September 2020.
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