Realme Buds has been announced last week. It is the first truly wireless earbuds by the company and called Realme Buds Air. The Buds Air is an exact replica of Apple’s AirPods.
Design & Build
The Buds Air looks exactly similar to Apple’s Airpods. And people are criticizing the Realme for lacking the originality and copying design for the Apple. Like Apple Airpods it has the same pipe-style design with 45-degree angled earphone nozzles. The Buds Air is made from glossy plastic with a small microphone.
The charging case is also made from plastic but it doesn’t look premium at all. The case’s lid can open with minimal pressure and snaps back using magnets. The front of the earbuds features a button to pair the earbuds with the device. At the bottom, there is a USB-C charging port to charge the charging case. Realme Buds Air is available in three color variants – Black, White, and Yellow.
The earbuds are powered by a custom R1 chip that supports super-low latency over Bluetooth 5.0. The earbuds also feature with a dedicated gaming mode with a low-latency and reduce latency by 51% when you’re playing a game. It also supports Google’s fast pair protocol for instant connectivity. After pairing the earbuds with a smartphone once, they connect automatically as soon as you take out from the charging case.
The earbuds come with 2 microphones in each bud–one for conversations and another for Noise cancellations. Call quality is terrible in Buds Air. During calls sometimes the earbuds failed to capture the voice so the other side couldn’t able to hear. The same case happens for recording as well, when we tried to record audio then the microphone misses to capture a few words.
Sound Quality is good and crisp. I tried listening to songs or watching movies on Netflix and Buds offered impressive sound.
The earbuds come with touch controls that let users control volume, receive and disconnect calls, and activate gaming mode. Double-tap will help to answer a call or play/pause music. Triple-tap will skip the song. Press and hold on one side will activate the digital assistant and reject and call. Press and hold on both sides will activate and deactivate the gaming mode. Other features include multi-layer composite diaphragm and noise cancellation support for calling.
Realme claims that the Buds Air will offer up to 3-hours of playtime. With the charging case, the playtime will be extended to 17 hours. The earbuds charging case supports both wireless and wired charging using USB Type-C. The charging case also supports Qi wireless charging so it can be used with any Qi-compatible chargers.
Realme Buds Air is available at Rs. 3,999 via Flipkart and Realme’s own online store. The Bud Air launched in three color options including Yellow, Black, and White.