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Differences Between Jabra Elite 7 Pro vs Jabra Elite Active 85t

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.

Battery Life

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.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Jabra Elite 7 Pro

Verdict

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
85t
Jabra Elite
7 Pro
Release date Nov 2021 01-Oct-21
Form Factor
Size (each earbud) 23.1×19
x16.2mm
16% smaller
than Elite 75t
Weight (each earbud) 7g 5.4g
Earbuds IP Rating IPX4 Expect At least IPX4
Control Type Button Button
Audio (Speaker)
Driver 12mm 6mm
Re-Engineered
Frequency Response 20Hz-
20kHz
20-20kHz
Audio Codec SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) Hybrid ANC Should be FF ANC
Transparency (Hear Through) Yes Yes
Microphone
Mems Microphone per earbud 3 2
Wind Noise Reduction Yes Yes
Comfort
Pressure Relief/Vent Yes Yes
Use either earbud independently Right side
only
Yes
Others
Connectivity
Bluetooth Version 5.1 5.2
Operating Range 10m Should be 10m
Sensor
Proximity/Optical/Ear Sensor Yes Yes
Bone Conduction Sensor (VPU) No Yes
Battery Life
Music Time (ANC On) 5.5h 9h
Total Time + Charge Case (ANC On) 25h 35h
Charging Case
USB-C Connector Yes Yes
Qi-Certified/Wireless Charging 5W Should be
included.
Fast Charge For 1 hour usage 15mins 5mins
Price and Warranty
Warranty (years) 2 2

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