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Realme Buds Air Neo VS Xiaomi Redmi AirDots S: Which TWS is Better?

ByJoe Horner 2020-05-27 1383

Recently, both Xiaomi Redmi and Realme have released a low-budget, cost-effective truly wireless Bluetooth headset in India. They are Xiaomi Redmi AirDots S and Realme Buds Air Neo respectively. So which of these two true wireless Bluetooth headsets is more worth buying? In this post, we’ll compare the latest Realme Buds Air Neo and Redmi AirDots S together, and take a look at which offers better value for the money.

Realme Buds Air Neo VS Redmi AirDots S: Specifications Comparison

At first, let’s have a quick look at the specs and functions about Redmi AirDots S and Realme Buds Air Neo TWS earbuds.

Model Redmi AirDots S Realme Buds Air Neo
Specs Colors Black Red/Green/White
Weight 4.1g (per earbud)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Battery Capacity 43mAh (per earbud)
300mAh 
(charging case)
410mAh 
(charging case)
Charging Time 1.5 hours
Music Time 4 hours 3 hours
12 hours 
(with charging case)
17 hours 
(with charging case)
Driver Unit 7.2mm dynamic 13mm dynamic
Audio Codec DSP/AAC/SBC AAC/SBC
Support Protocol HFP/HSP/A2DP/AVRCP
Waterproof IPX4
Latency  / 119.2ms
Chip Realtek RTL8763BFR Chip R1 True Wireless Chip
Charging Interface Micro USB
APP / Realme Link APP
Features Pop-up Window No Yes (Realme phones)
Music Control Yes
Phone Calls Control Yes
Volume Control No
Voice Assistant Yes
ANC No
Wearing Detection No Yes
Wireless Charging No
Price in India Rs.1799 Rs.2999 

 

Through the table above, the similarities and differences between Realme Buds Air Neo and Redmi AirDots S are basically clear at a glance. Next, let's introduce it in detail.

 

Realme Buds Air Neo VS Redmi AirDots S: Design Difference

The difference between Realme Buds Air Neo and Redmi AirDots S is intuitive in appearance, and the two TWS earbuds take two completely different designs. First of all, Realme Buds Air Neo, like the previous generation of Realme Buds Air, still continues the Apple AirPods 2 design language, which is very classic. On the other hand, the Redmi AirDots S is similar in appearance to the Realme Buds Q, oval charging box, which looks like a round pebble and is very compact.

 

Moreover, Realme Buds Air Neo offers green, red, and white colors to choose from, while Xiaomi Redmi AirDots S only offers black colors to choose from.

 

Realme Buds Air Neo VS Redmi AirDots S: Features Difference

In terms of sound quality, the Redmi AirDots S sport 7.2mm drivers and come with support for the SBC codec. They are controlled using a button located on the outside shell. Users will be able to control music playback and calls using this multi-function button. What’s more, the Redmi AirDots features an IPX4 water resistance rating, which makes the device splash-proof. These also come with a low-latency gaming mode, which the company claims provides a smoother transmission of sound with reduced delay.

 

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Redmi AirDots S is powered by the Realtek RTL8763BFR Bluetooth 5 chip, which allows for the Redmi earphones to be paired separately also. They also support voice assistants like the Google Assistant and Siri.


In comparison, Realme Buds Air Neo is powered by Realme’s own R1 Bluetooth chip, which is the same that we had seen on the more expensive Realme Buds Air. These also come with a low 119ms latency mode, 13mm drivers with an LCP multi-layer composite diaphragm. Thanks to the custom R1 chip and Google’s Fast Pair protocol, the Realme Buds Air Neo can pair automatically to your Realme device when the charging case is opened.

 

In terms of operation method, unlike the Redmi AirDots S, Realme Buds Air Neo come with touch controls, which means that users can simply tap the earbuds to control music playback and calls.

 

Realme Buds Air Neo VS Redmi AirDots S: Battery Difference

In addition to the above differences, Realme Buds Air Neo and Redmi AirDots S also differ greatly in battery life.

 

the Redmi AirDots S offers 4 hours battery life for the earbuds only. When paired with the Redmi AirDots S battery case, battery life is extended up to 12 hours. Realme claims that the Realme Buds Air Neo buds offer a battery life of up to 3 hours and when paired with the charging case they have a combined battery life of 17 hours, which is around 5 hours more than Redmi AirDots S TWS earbuds.

 

Realme Buds Air Neo VS Redmi AirDots S: Price Difference

Last but not least, the price is also different. The Xiaomi Redmi AirDots S is priced at Rs 1,799 and it was available at Gearbest, the buds are only available in the black color option with a matte finish. In comparison, Realme Buds Air Neo is a bit more expensive at Rs 2,999.

The Verdict

Here, I believe you already know the difference between Realme Buds Air Neo and Redmi AirDots S. The Realme Buds Air Neo is slightly more expensive than the Redmi AirDots S but offers longer battery life and more color choices. The battery life of the Redmi AirDots S is shorter than that of the Realme Buds Air Neo, but the price is lower. So, Realme Buds Air Neo VS Redmi AirDots S, how would you choose?


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