Realme Buds Air Vs Mi True Wireless Earphones 2: Which one to buy? Xiaomi recently launched the new MI true wireless earphones 2. Right name, but hey, is it unique? It’s just a renamed version of the MI Air Dodge Pro 2 that we reviewed earlier. So the audio quality wasn’t up to the mark. So how much is different now and currently priced at 4500 INR, bringing it closer to the Realme Buds Air. But overall both of them could be the best Bluetooth earphones under 5000 rupees in India.
You might be looking for one of the best Bluetooth earphones to buy. But the question is, what should you choose, Realme Buds Air or MI True Wireless Earphones 2? Well, this is Shamik, the host of HonestyGuide.com. Here’s I am going to review both of these earphones. For most people, I’ll recommend Realme Buds AIR over Mi True Wireless 2. Realme Buds Air is cheap and best earphones which has more features and looks better.
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Let’s get away with the ritual. Yes, the inbox contents. So we have the case, earbuds, and a type C charging cable. It also comes with a MI True Wireless Earphone 2 Manual.
As always, you get pretty much the same content with any other True Wireless Stereo in the market. Now, this device again is similar to the global MI Air Dodge Pro 2 variant. We covered that previously in a review.
Apart from the Chinese text is pretty evident that both of them are the same devices. Have a look at the model number as well. So I wouldn’t be into that (Renamed for the Indian market).
Design for These Best Bluetooth Earphones:
Let’s start with the design. The Xiaomi has a more bulky edgy cylindrical design. In comparison, the Realme buds air has smooth edges kind of like apple AirPods. I’m kidding, exactly apple iPods. I prefer the Realme because it’s much easier to put it in the jeans pocket and feels lighter. Sometimes the case design is equally important as the case is always in your pocket.
Again when you take out the earpiece, the Xiaomi ones are quite big with a thick stem. It’s going to stand out when you wear this in public. Well, the Realme Buds Air has a more low-key look and can easily disguise as Apple iPod. It is something you may or may not like depending on your perception. Overall the looks and design are pretty subjective. However, I prefer the Realme Buds Air Bluetooth headset with mic due to the sleek case and smaller earbuds.
Realme Buds Air Vs Mi True Wireless Earphones 2: Sound Quality
When it comes to sound, here’s the thing. Audio quality is not a strong point for any of these. So I would say both of the earphones offer decent sound at best. One can argue that Xiaomi has more significant 14.2 mm dynamic drivers than the smaller 12 mm drivers in Realme Buds Air. But on testing, we didn’t find any significant difference. Good base, bad highs, good vocals make it one of the best earphones with mic.
Similarly, Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 fronted is support for the LHDC audio codec, which is better than AAC in Realme Buds Air. And hang on, if LHDC sounds new to you! Let me explain. For Bluetooth music listening, the audio needs to be compressed on your phone and sent to your earphone. On the headsets, it is then again decompressing back. And that’s what you hear.
So that’s coding-decoding, and now you get the word codec. Most devices use SBC, which sends the least amount of data to your earphones. Here’s a graph comparing the amount of data SBC, AAC, LSDC sent from your phone to the audio device.
On a general thumb rule, LSDC is better than AAC, which is better than SBC. But here’s the fun part LSDC comes built-in in android 10. But we found it missing on most of the android ten devices. We found it only on Redmi note 8 Pro, note 7 Pro, note 5 Pro, etc. Basically inside the Xiaomi devices. So in lack of LSDC, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 falls back to AAC, which is what Realme Buds Air uses.
So apex HD or LSDC would have been a better choice by Xiaomi. To sum it up, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 has a better audio codec. But it’s not present on most devices. So the score is tied here. Realme Buds Air has gaming mode, which makes it one of the best earphones for PUBG mobile. Also, Realme Buds Air has Google fast pair. In my opinion, it’s a draw as both have similar sound quality.
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Bluetooth and Connectivity
Now Bluetooth and connectivity are where things get interesting. Well, both Realme Buds Air and Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 have Bluetooth 5.0. It is excellent, in terms of the latest specs. However, the Realme ones have Google fast pair. So if you bring a fresh Real me Buds besides an android device, it will automatically give you this kind of pop-up.
And you would be able to connect the Realme Buds Air instantly. It works on any android device above android 6. On the other hand, Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 has a more proprietary approach like Apple. If you bring new equipment besides a Xiaomi device, it will give you that AirPods like a pop-up.
Upon pairing, you get this battery life details, and it works only on Xiaomi devices with Android 10. Google fast pay is not a big deal, as you would experience it only for the first time. Another thing for caution, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, never paired back automatically to Macbook Pro. At the same time, things were okay with windows and android devices.
Both the Realme Buds Air and Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 have similar battery life. Realme Buds Air comes with Four hours on the buds and 17 hours on the case and 14 hours with the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. Both of them have a type-C charging port. And both of them can fast charge like you could go zero to 100 on the case in about 45 minutes to an hour.
On the plus side, the Realme Buds Air has wireless charging, which might not be a big deal for most of you. But that’s an excellent option to have. You know when you forget your charging cable, and the only option is wireless charging. It happens with me sometimes.
In summary, the Realme Buds Air has a slightly better battery life and even wireless charging. And it makes one of the best Bluetooth earphones between these two.
Now coming to call quality, both offer decent call quality. Partly because the mic is on the stem, and it’s closer to your mouth. Also, both the birds offer environmental noise cancellation as well. So you would sound somewhat like this in usual home surroundings.
To summarize, if you take a lot of calls, both the Realme Buds air and Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 are high.
This time, Realme is a bit cheaper. The new Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 currently market price is Rs.4,499 and while the Realme buds AIR price is only Rs.3,999. While the price difference isn’t huge, it’s worth pointing out. You can buy any of these two if you are looking for amongst the best Bluetooth earphones under 5000.
Now before we jump to the unique features, let’s quickly see what’s similar. Both support Bluetooth 5.0 and in-ear detection. Now, apart from these standard features, Realme Buds Air has two more extra features. The Realme link app can control the Realme Buds Air. You can change the double-tap, triple tap, and long-press gestures.
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Sadly there’s no equalizer in the app, but I guess Realme can update that later. Come on, whereas the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 doesn’t have an official app in India. In terms of latency, both are good when it comes to YouTube or Netflix. But the Realme Buds Air has this low latency gaming mode which makes one of the best earphones for PUBG mobile and its quite amazing. Sadly it’s not fun playing PUBG on Mi True Wireless Earphones 2.
To conclude this, if you have a Xiaomi phone or a Realme phone, the choices are clear. But if you’re confused, we recommend the Realme Buds Air over Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones. It has a better design, comfort gaming mode, and yeah, wireless charging. Not to forget, It’s cheaper as well.