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i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: are the latest cheaper AirPods clone your best alternatives?

ByGB Blog Official 2019-03-07 47190

Apple AirPods are undoubtedly one of the best wireless earphones on the market, however, not everyone is willing to pay the exorbitant price for it. As there are many Airpods Knockoff offering great similarities in both design and performance with much cheaper price, such as the i10 TWS and i12 TWS. The i12 TWS true wireless Bluetooth earphones are the latest version of Airpods look-alikes. Are the new AirPods clone worth buying? Will it be the best alternatives to the Apple AirPods? In this post, we put this idea to the test and take a look at the i12 TWS and the Apple AirPods side by side.

The i12 TWS true wireless earphones are the successor of the i10 TWS. As we know, the i10 TWS has gained wide popularities on the market due to its exceptional close to replicating the Apple AirPods. Then the i12 TWS makes a further great improvement on the basis of i10 TWS. Will it be the new best Airpods Knockoff? Let’s find out.


i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: specs

Let’s start the comparison from the main specs of the two wireless earphones.

 

Product name
i12 TWS Headphone
Apple AirPods
Chipset
Raychem 5.0 chipset
Apple W1 chipset
Wearing type
In-ear
Battery capacity(mAh)
35mAh(single earphone)
398 mAh
Music time
2 - 3 hours
5h
Standby time
100/h for one ear and 60/h for both ears
24h
Compatible with
Android, IOS, Microsoft
Apple watch,iphone,Mac,ipad
Connectivity
Wireless
Product size (L x W x H)
2.13 x 1.73 x 0.59 inches
1.74 x 0.84 x 2.11 inches
Bluetooth version
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth 4.0,or above
Product weight
80g
38 g

 

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i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: almost identical design

As we’ve mentioned above, the i12 TWS true wireless earphones come exceptionally close to the Apple AirPods when it comes to design. The earbuds measure just 2.13 x 1.73 x 0.59 inches and..weigh a mere 80 grams, which makes them significantly more compact than TWS’s previous models.


i12 TWS true wireless earphones design  


Both the Apple AirPods and the i12 TWS come in portable charging cases — and the charging cases are the first things you will see once you have unpacked either earphone set. You will find that the charging cases for the earbuds are almost identical: they come in the same shape, size and color. The only visual difference between the two is that you won’t see the “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” written on top of the case for the i12 TWS. Both cases open in the same way as well — but you will discover that the Apple AirPods’ case opens quieter than the one for the i12 TWS.


Apple AirPods and the i12 TWS design 


Once you open the charging cases, you will each earbud sitting in its spot inside and you will notice a small LED indicator in between the earbuds. The LED indicator on the Apple AirPods serves as a battery indicator and will light up in green when the earphones are fully charged. The LED indicator on the i12 TWS is located in exactly the same spot and works the same way.


The earbuds themselves look very similar with the i12 TWS being slightly shorter than the AirPods. Another difference you will spot is that the i12 TWS are lacking a round sensor on the top that is present on the AirPods.


In short, it would be practically impossible to tell the two earbud pairs apart — and if this is what you are looking for, the i12 TWS would do exceptionally great.


i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: sound quality and performance

The thing to start off with here is that you should not be expecting professional sound quality from true wireless earbuds — at least, at this point in time. The technology is not quite there yet to be on par with the best wired headphones out there. However, if you are not a committed audiophile, you will probably not even notice the difference and the convenience of using earbuds with no wires would definitely outweigh the potentially less than perfect sound quality.


With that, the i12 TWS manage to pull off a very decent performance that does not differ significantly from the one of the AirPods. The i12 TWS also run on the brand new Raychem 5.0 chipset featuring a highly responsive touch sensor in order to come as close as possible to the touch feedback found on the Apple Airpods. This same sensor is also responsible for boosting the Bluetooth range and improves battery performance.


new Raychem 5.0 chipset 


i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: touch controls

Both earbud sets make things easy with a nice setup of touch controls. Apple AirPods allow for plenty of customization options and you can assign what you want to happen when you double-tap a left or right AirPod: adjust volume, skip to the next track, use Siri to control audio content, etc.


The i12 TWS don’t fall far back when it comes to ease of use — one might argue that some of the touch controls functions are even better assigned by default: for instance, you can double tap the right earbud to increase the volume and left earbud to decrease it. You can also bring up Siri and pretty much do the same things as you would with the original AirPods.


i12 TWS  touch controls 


i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: long battery life

On the battery side, each i12 TWS earbud features a 35mAh battery and is good for two to three hours of non stop music playback. When it’s time to charge the earbuds, you can simply put them back into their charging case, which is also a 350mAh power bank. Bringing the earphones up to a full charge will take from one to two hours.


i12 TWS 35mAh battery


Standby time for one ear is an impressive 100 hours and, for both ears, it’s 60 hours. The wireless connection distance for the earbuds is 10 to 15 metres.


The AirPods are rated to last for 5 hours on a single charge. The charging case holds about 24-hours of juice and the company promises that you can get the AirPods three hours of battery life by putting them into the charging case for just 15 minutes.


AirPods battery life


i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods: price and verdict

This is the part where the differences between the i12 TWS vs. Apple AirPods really come into play. The Apple AirPods go for about $160 — and even a plug-in replacement case for the AirPods currently costs around $70. For $46, you can get the latest i12 TWS wireless earphones with the charging case and IPX6 water resistance — and, no matter which way we look at it, it does sound like a very good deal.

 

 You may also want to read:
 i12 TWS wireless earphones review: new AirPods look-alikes with impressive performance and a third of the price
 i10 TWS vs Apple AirPods: is the perfect AirPods replica finally here?
 Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro review: new Apple AirPods clones are out — and they are better than before

 

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