This article reviews the key differences between the Jabra Elite 85t flagship earbuds and the upcoming Jabra Elite 7 Pro based on available specs at this time.
Why are we comparing the Elite 7 Pro to the Elite 85t? Is the Jabra Elite 7 Pro replacing the Jabra Elite 85 as the flagship model? Based on the numbering, the Elite 7 Pro should be the upgrade for Elite 75t, which Jabra wrote the new earbud is smaller by 16% in size. But in any case, we will compare it to the Elite 85t instead to see if it has surpassed the specifications.
Multi-Sensor with VPU
The new Elite 7 Pro has a bone conduction sensor which Jabra called the VPU (Voice Pick Up) sensor. Then they mentioned the new Jabra MultiSensor Voice technology which should be referring to the VPU. A similar bone conduction sensor is also found in the Sony WF-1000XM4. This sensor transmits the voice spoken by the vibration on the jawbone, hence allowing clear voices to be captured without environmental noises.
Elite 7 Pro wins.
Two(2) Mics Per Earbuds
|Combining four powerful microphones with an advanced Voice Pick Up (VPU) sensor in each bud, Jabra MultiSensor Voice™ completely reinvents calls on the go.|
Does this mean 4 mics per earbud, or is it 4 mics per pair of earbuds? So far the only model that has 4 mics on a single earbud is on the right earbud of Bose QuietComfort, which is why we believe Jabra meant 2 mics per earbud. This means that there is only a Feedforward ANC, and not a hybrid with Feedback ANC included.
Feedforward(FF) ANC is better at reducing higher-frequency noise at up to 1-2 kHz. It is based on the mic picking up the noise earlier and generating the “anti-noise” to the user. Feedback(FB) ANC works on a broader range of frequencies except for 1-2kHz. It is based on the mic picking up what the user hears. For both to work at the same time, each earbud needs to have a total of 3 mics, which includes two ANC mics and one voice mic.
The Elite 85t ANC is better because it has 3 mics per earbud which allow hybrid ANC and hence better noise cancellation.
Elite 85t wins.
Smaller and Lighter
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro is 16% smaller than Elite 75t. When compared against, the Jabra Elite 85t, the Elite 7 Pro weighs 14% lighter. The smaller form factor is also said to be the result of data from 62,000 ear scans.
|To design Elite 7 Pro, we started from the very beginning, using data from 62,000 ear scans to create the perfectly shaped bud. With a clean, elegant, minimalist profile and a body designed to sit more snugly in the ear, Elite 7 Pro is a true feat of miniaturization.|
Elite 7 Pro wins.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro has a battery life of 9h with ANC on, and a combined battery life of 35h including the charger box. Currently, this is one of the best battery life in available in the market. Elite 7 Pro also charge much faster than Elite 85t, and takes only 5 mins to charge for an hour of battery life.
Elite 7 Pro wins.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro is better than the current Jabra Elite 85t, except that it has only 2 mics per earbud and hence it uses non-hybrid ANC. A hybrid ANC has better noise cancellation. We are unsure if there will be any Elite 8 Pro in the future but at this time, the Elite 7 Pro is shown to be better than the Elite 85t in terms of specifications.
|Tech Specs||Jabra Elite |
|Jabra Elite |
|Release date||Nov 2021||01-Oct-21|
|Size (each earbud)||23.1×19 |
|16% smaller |
than Elite 75t
|Weight (each earbud)||7g||5.4g|
|Earbuds IP Rating||IPX4||Expect At least IPX4|
|Frequency Response||20Hz- |
|Audio Codec||SBC, AAC||SBC, AAC|
|Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)||Hybrid ANC||Should be FF ANC|
|Transparency (Hear Through)||Yes||Yes|
|Mems Microphone per earbud||3||2|
|Wind Noise Reduction||Yes||Yes|
|Use either earbud independently||Right side |
|Operating Range||10m||Should be 10m|
|Bone Conduction Sensor (VPU)||No||Yes|
|Music Time (ANC On)||5.5h||9h|
|Total Time + Charge Case (ANC On)||25h||35h|
|Qi-Certified/Wireless Charging||5W||Should be |
|Fast Charge For 1 hour usage||15mins||5mins|
|Price and Warranty|