• LG is selling the Tone Free in the U.S. for $149, though only the black variant is available at the moment
  • It features UV technology that keeps the earbuds bacteria-free
  • A variant without UV light and wireless charging is also available

While various tech companies are racing to produce the best wireless earbuds to sell to consumers, they aren't as focused on cleanliness as much as LG. The South Korean company is bringing a new pair of wireless earbuds that offers something that other rivals in the market do not have: a built-in self-cleaning mechanism that uses bacteria-killing UV light.

9To5Google reports that LG's new Tone Free wireless earbuds feature what the company calls “UVnano” technology. Basically, this refers to embedded UV lighting that works to disinfect the earbuds when placed inside the charging case.

LG claims that UVnano is able to kill 99.9% of bacteria in the earbuds' speaker mesh when placed inside the charging case for at least 10 minutes. This means users won't have to worry about bacteria or germs infiltrating their body through their ears – something that in-ear monitor users have to think about when using other earbuds over a long period of time.

Aside from UVnano, LG's Tone Free is basically just like any other pair of wireless earbuds in the market today. Here's a quick look at its specs and features:

Sound tuned by Meridian

LG said the Tone Free has been tuned by Meridian Audio, a manufacturer of high-performance audio and video components and systems.

Noise Reduction

The earbuds do not feature active noise cancellation. Instead, it features noise reduction and an in-ear design that might be enough to remove unwanted noise.


LG says each Tone Free earbud has two microphones to enhance voice quality during calls. It also features echo cancellation, which will help when making or taking calls.

Wireless, Fast Charging

LG's Tone Free earbuds come in a charging case that can be charged using a wired charger or a wireless charging pad. The device comes with a total of 18 hours of battery life with the case.

Ambient Sound mode

The Tone Free earbuds feature an ambient sound mode that lets wearers hear the noise and sounds around them so they can stay aware of what's happening, hear important announcements and details (like the sound of a car when crossing the road), and so on.

IPX4 rating

LG's Tone Free is IPX4 rated for water resistance, which means it can be used when working out or going out under the rain.

LG is selling the Tone Free in the U.S. for $149. These come in black, with a white variant coming soon. A version without UVnano and wireless charging is also available for only $99.

LG Tone Free
LG's new Tone Free earbuds. LG