Xiaomi India budget-oriented sub-brand Redmi earlier today officially launched its first truly wireless earbuds in India called Redmi Earbuds S that will start retailing online tomorrow, for a price of INR 1,799.
Even for that price, these earbuds promise 12 hours of playback with the charging case and otherwise up to 4 hours of music playback in one go. There are a handful of other features too, some of which are definitely hard to come by on budget TWS earphones. But just a day ago, Realme also launched its successor to the Realme Buds Air, called the Realme Buds Air Neo. Now, these earphones are a lot more expensive than Redmi’s new TWS, but its worth knowing if paying the premium is worth your hard-earned money.
Before we dive into differences though, we ought to run through the similarities first, especially since there are quite a few parallels that come to notice.
Which One’s Better For Workouts And Runs?
For fitness enthusiasts both the Redmi Earbuds S, as well as the Realme Buds Air Neo feature IPX4 sweat and splash-proof protection. This means that if you’re looking for a pair of TWS earphones to do your yoga or jogs in, both of these options should serve you fairly well. In terms of fit though, I’d prefer an in-ear implementation like the Earbuds S. They’re both equally light though at approximately 4.1 grams a earbud.
They both offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, so you’re pretty much covered in terms of range within a gym or just a room.
How Good Are These For Multiplayer Gaming?
For gamers, they both offer a dedicated, low-latency gaming mode which will help in reducing audio lag while playing games. If you look at the claimed latency numbers, Realme pips the competition with a supposed 119ms latency — which is lower than Redmi’s claimed 122ms latency while gaming. Not that that’s a discernable difference though, which is again intreresting since the Redmi earphones are a whole lot cheaper.
Which Of These Offer Superior Audio Quality?
In terms of audio quality, the Buds Air Neo should take the cake, given the fact that it features a large 13mm dynamic driver. The Redmi Earbuds S, meanwhile, feature a smaller 7.2mm driver with a sound signature which doesn’t quite cater to someone who has varied music tastes (they are tuned towards common genres like pop, hip hop and electronic music).
The Buds Air Neo is also eligible for software updates via the Realme Link app, which isn’t a thing for the Earbuds S. The premium you pay here also gets you the convenience of Google’s fast-pair feature which ensures effortless pairing with Android phones. The Earbuds S aren’t particularly difficult to pair to you phone, but it does take a tad longer in comparison while involving a few more steps.
Which One’s Better For Calls?
The Earbuds S does feature DSP Noise Cancellation technology to provide a better calling experience as it commits to enhance cancel out ambient sound when a user attends a call. This is a great addition if you are someone who takes a lot of calls through the day.
Battery life, Charging Duration and Gestures?
On the battery front, the Realme Buds Air Neo is claimed to run for a total of 17 hours on a single charge including the battery life delivered by the charging case. Realme hasn’t revealed the battery capacity on its website.
The Redmi Earbuds S, meanwhile, has 43mAh battery in the earpieces while the charging case has 300mAh battery. The firm claims it to run for almost 12 hours in total before dying.
Both earphones feature gesture support, although this will turn out to be an area of personal preference. If you prefer touch based controls then the Buds Air Neo would be your pick but if you find clickable buttons more reliable then its the more affordable Redmi Earbuds S which will win your heart over.
On the Realme Buds Air, you can use press and hold, double tap, triple tap finger gestures to answer a call, control music playback, skip a song, end call, activate voice assistant and activate/deactivate the super low latency mode.
Meanwhile, on the Redmi Earbuds S, you can use single click, double click, triple click or click and press functions to answer calls, reject them, control music playback, trigger low latency mode and activate voice assistants.