24 December 2019
After releasing standard earphones and wireless earbuds, Realme has launched its first-ever truly wireless earphones named Realme Buds Air. These were announced alongside the Realme X2 smartphone launch at an event today. Even though they look exactly similar to Apple AirPods, they have been priced very aggressively for the features they offer.
The Realme Buds Air is powered by Realme's proprietary R1 chipset that claims to offer one of the lowest latency. The chipset is based on the Bluetooth 5.0 protocol that helps it offer high power efficiency and stable connection. In fact, the earbuds offer a dedicated Gaming Mode that further drops latency by 50% to 120ms for an improved gaming video and audio syncing experience.
Since these truly wireless earbuds support Bluetooth 5.0, they make use of Google Fast Pair protocol. It means the moment you will open the charging case cap, your phone will get detected automatically and you will receive a quick pairing option. This is only a first-time process and once the pairing is done, these earbuds will auto-connect to the smartphone just when the case will be opened.
Realme Buds Air comes with dual microphones for superior noise cancellation, especially when you are receiving a phone call. It features a 12mm driver and Dynamic Bass Boost that helps it deliver superior bass quality during music playback. Another interesting feature is Smart Wear Detection that makes use of an optical sensor. It pauses the music just when you take out one of the buds and resumes the same when you put it back in. It will be a handy feature whenever someone wants to talk to you while you are enjoying your music. It essentially eliminates the need for waking up your phone and then manually pausing/resuming the song.
In order to complete the truly wireless experience, Realme Buds Air comes with touch controls support for quick completion of tasks. One can tap earbuds twice for playing/pausing music or receiving a phone call, tapping it thrice will skip to the next song, and long-pressing on one side can be used for triggering digital assistant (Google Assistant/Siri) and disconnecting the call.
These are claimed to offer up to 3 hours of continuous music playback but they can last for up to 17 hours with the wireless charging case. Realme has said that the case will be compatible with any Qi wireless charger and it even plans its own wireless charging pad next year that will be sold separately.
As we said in the beginning, it is the pricing that makes this whole package worth the consideration. The Realme Buds Air has been priced at Rs. 3,999 with sales starting December 23rd on Flipkart and Realme.com stores. There are Yellow, White, and Black color variants to choose from.