The company’s first true wireless earphones are priced at Rs. 3,999.
The Buds Air were unveiled last week and are currently only available in India for INR3,999 ($56). They come with a 12mm bass boost driver and pack a custom R1 chip that enables stable connection.
The earphones have a super-low latency of 120 ms and come with a charging case that supports Qi wireless charging and provides a total battery life of 17 hours. It also has an LED indicator on the front, along with a pairing button. Once paired, the earphones automatically connect to the smartphone when you open the case cover.
Realme Buds Air design and specifications
When we said that the Realme Buds Air look a lot like the Apple AirPods and AirPods (2nd Gen), we meant it. Everything from the charging case to the earphones themselves is heavily inspired by the popular true wireless earphones from Apple, and the variant in white would be hard to distinguish from the Apple product. You get the same outer-ear fit, capsule-like case, and general aesthetic.
The stalks of the earbuds are flat and not rounded, as they are on the AirPods, and the Realme Buds Air is available in three different colours – white, black, and yellow – so there are some ways to tell the two quite differently priced products apart even at first glance. We had the black version for review, but we feel that the white option would be best if you want people to think you have a pair of AirPods.
Design and Specifications
There are fewer sensors on the Realme Buds Air; just a single one on the inside of each earpiece detects when either or both have been removed in order to pause music playback automatically. The charging case is a little bit shorter and wider than that of the AirPods, and has a pairing button at the front. The bottom of the charging case has a USB Type-C port for charging. The earphones don’t have power switches, and they automatically turn off and start charging when placed in the charging case.
Realme has gone with the same minimalist look as the AirPods, and there are no logos on the earbuds at all. The charging case has ‘Designed by Realme’ in small text at the back, which is the only branding you’ll see on the product itself. Pairing the headset is similar to how it’s done on the AirPods; the button needs to be pressed while the earbuds are in the case, and once paired, they automatically connect to the source device when the case is opened.
We found the earphones to be very comfortable, but as with the AirPods, passive noise isolation was poor and too much outside sound could be heard even with the volume set high. The fit, while not as secure as with proper in-ear headphones, is decent for regular use cases.
The Realme Buds Air is a pair of true wireless earphones that can easily challenge the big players and change the market. Realme did a great job showing you can do a lot without breaking the bank. The Buds as a gift for anyone loving the freedom from cables.