OnePlus Selects Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers for New, Premium Sound Headphones

OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 combine a dynamic speaker for warm, full
bass and two balanced armature drivers for exceptionally clear vocals
and treble


ITASCA, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OnePlus, a global mobile technology company that creates exquisitely
designed devices with premium build quality and high-performance
hardware focused around user experience, and Knowles
Corporation
(NYSE: KN), a market leader and global supplier of
advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device
solutions, today announced the introduction of a new, three driver
premium wireless headphone for a rich, premium sound experience.
Comprised of one dynamic speaker for warm, full bass and two Knowles
customized balanced armature drivers for exceptionally clear vocals and
treble, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 is an ideal complement to
OnePlus’s line of popular mobile phones or any audio source with
Bluetooth™ connectivity.

Knowles balanced armature drivers have long been the preferred choice
for professional musicians and audiophiles for their clear and precise
music reproduction. More recently, increasing numbers of consumer
headphone brands have adopted balanced armature technology for a premium
listening experience. By combining a dynamic speaker with two Knowles
balanced armature drivers, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 will appeal to
consumers who listen to a wide variety of music while offering wireless
freedom for active lifestyles. “OnePlus has long been known for their
popular, high-performance, and premium mobile phones. Knowles is happy
to have worked together with OnePlus to offer the perfect companion
headphone for a high-quality, enjoyable listening experience,” said Jon
Kiachian, Vice President of Knowles balanced armature business unit.

“We expect wireless headphones to see over 10% CAGR by 2023 (to reach
over $30 billion in retail revenues), while the in-ear category will
represent at least two-thirds of this as consumers look to these small
ear-pieces for premium audio experiences, previously found in larger,
over-ear headphones,” said Simon Bryant, Director of Research at the
specialist research firm Futuresource Consulting. “Within this category,
premium sets over $100 will see the strongest growth, because consumers
will continue to pay more to upgrade their headphones so that they can
get the latest and greatest features, and enjoy better audio playback
experiences, within the most portable and versatile form factors. With
their small size and precise sound reproduction, we see balanced
armature drivers as a key enabling technology for premium sound in
Bluetooth headphones and advanced TWS hearable devices. This represents
a continuation of a trend we have seen play out for the last 10 years at
least.”

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 was announced together with their new
flagship mobile phone model OnePlus 7 Series and will be available on
May 17 in North America, May 21 in Europe and China, and May 28 in India.

For additional information about Knowles’ Balanced Armature solutions,
visit KnowlesPremiumSound.com.

About Knowles Corporation

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global provider of
advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device
solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications,
medical, defense, automotive, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its
leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones
and strong capabilities in audio processing technologies to optimize
audio systems and improve the user experience in mobile, ear, and IoT
applications. Knowles is also the leader in acoustic components,
high-end capacitors, and mmWave RF solutions for a diverse set of
markets. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique
technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques, rigorous testing, and
global scale, enables it to deliver innovative solutions that optimize
the user experience. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca,
Illinois, Knowles is a global organization with employees in 11
countries. The company was spun out from Dover Corporation in 2014 and
has been focused on reshaping its business portfolio and investing in
high value solutions to diversify its revenue and increase exposure to
high-growth markets. For more information, visit Knowles.com.

About OnePlus

OnePlus is a global mobile technology company challenging conventional
concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra,
OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality
and high-performance hardware. OnePlus thrives on cultivation strong
bonds and growing together with its community of users and fans. For
more information, please visit OnePlus.com.

Contacts

Mike Knapp
Knowles Investor Relations
630-238-5236
Mike.Knapp@Knowles.com

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