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Xiaomi, also known as the no.1 smartphone brand in India has disrupted the market heavily in the recent years, due to its aggressive pricing. It is also known as the Apple of China not because of smartphones but also for building an ecosystem of smart-home and IoT based products. #Redmi Earbuds S Price Specs Full Review India 2020
If you are not well aware of the Xiaomi ecosystem, then probably you have no interest in technology or you were simply living under a rock. Xiaomi makes all those things which you can think of and some are beyond imagination because Xiaomi does not want to be remembered as a smartphone company only and wants to define as a brand that everyone loves and so is very popular among its users and Mi fans.
In recent years, Xiaomi has launched various IoT based smart home products in India in various categories like Air Purifiers, Water Purifiers, Smart Bulbs and a lot more stuff and the list is gradually increasing based on users needs and feedback from the users and fans.
Xiaomi is back again to disrupt the market, but this time in the field of audio with the all new Redmi Earbuds S And We Are Also Back With Out Redmi Earbuds S Price Specs Full Review India 2020.
But before buying you might be stuck with a question that why should I even bother buying these over traditional wired earbuds ?
Well to answer it up, first let me tell you one thing that you might already be aware of is the fact that after Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack in the favour of Airpods back in 2016 and were soon then selling like hot cakes even till today and are still insanely popular among users. And as a tradition of copying what Apple does sooner or later all the other smartphone OEM’s started ditching the headphone jack just to sell their own version of TWS/Bluetooth earphones and capture both the user and the market into their own ecosystem.
The Redmi Ecosystem ?
Well we are already aware of the fact that Redmi brand phones are insanely popular in India especially their Redmi Note series due to the low price and value for money hardware that everyone loves.
But this year Xiaomi’s CEO Mr. Manu Kumar Jain announced that this year we will see a wide variety of products not only from Mi but also from Redmi.
And so here we have the second product from Xiaomi under the Redmi brand after their true value for money power-banks, now it’s time for:
The Redmi Earbuds S:
Yes you heard it right The Redmi Earbuds S launched in India on 26th May 2020, comes under the Redmi branding. Redmi is venturing into the audio product category this year and the first product in this series are the Redmi Earbuds S which are direct answer to the Realme Buds Air Neo which were launched on 25th May 2020 (a day before Redmi’s product launch).
The Redmi Earbuds S Highlights:
Priced at ₹ 1,799 these totally wireless earbuds from Redmi attract huge amount of popularity among tech geeks and people who are into the market looking for a good pair of wireless earbuds but at the same time want a budget friendly and an affordable product with an incredible sound quality, exceptionally superb battery life and latency free connectivity, the Redmi Buds S should be your pick/your preferred choice of earbuds to go for. Plus the IPX-4 rating that these earbuds come with is an icing on the cake.
When you will first open the box the Redmi Earbuds S come in, you will be greeted with a small and compact oval shaped box that houses the pair of earbuds itself and also provides us with the ease of conveniently charging up the earbuds and also providing the user with some extra juice on the go.
The oval shaped box along with the earbuds is fully made up of plastic and has a matte black finish to it and is easy to clean and doesn’t attract fingerprints all over the case thanks to the matte finish instead of glossy texture. On the top we find the Redmi branding engraved on the lid which is not very loud and looks subtle and clean.
Opening up the case you will find the earbuds placed in their respected positions with the help of magnets that are present inside the case which helps in holding the buds in position for charging and also for keeping them firmly for later use. And the magnets are so strong that if you open up the case upside-down then there should not be any worries of the earbuds falling out of the case and hence increase overall lifespan and usability of the device.
As these are TWS earbuds and there are no strings attached to it for support, it is important for them to fit firmly in the ears yet not feel uncomfortable and cause pain in ears. Thanks to the in ear design, unlike Apple’s airpods which are not in ear, the Redmi Earbuds S should fit comfortably in your ears and for best fit Redmi has also provided with set of extra eartips in the box. Each earbud weighs 4.1 grams, which is feather like light on your ears for a considerable amount of time. And nothing sticks out of your ears, which means these are one of the more discreet earbuds you can spend your money on. A reason for that compact bud size is the size of the battery that sits inside is as small as 43mAh per earbud which on paper would appear to be very less but considering the fact that it has to power such a tiny device, its comparatively enough and also thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 which consumes very less power yet providing greater connectivity.
Setup And Connectivity:
Pairing the Redmi Earbuds S to your smartphone is a pretty straightforward process and as easy as it could be, its similar to plug and play system and doesn’t require user to download any sort of app. Simply remove the earbuds from the case and wait for 2-3 seconds for your phone to detect them. Alternatively, you can also pair the Redmi Earbuds S with a PC/laptop, both Windows and Mac. You can also pair them with devices like the your Smart TV’s or even the newly Mi Box 4K. Bluetooth 5.0 ensures seamless pairing and range is also quite good (Xiaomi claims up to 10m) which considering how small and inexpensive these Redmi Earbuds S are. But what’s really striking about the Redmi Earbuds S is how solid their connectivity is. There have been no “noticeable” instances of signal drops or any sorts of failures during our testing.
Considering the price and regardless of what Redmi is offering we should note that being the most affordable TWS in India, some corners were cut in making the Redmi Earbuds S available to us, that includes:
· We can only pair the Redmi Earbuds S with a single device at a time.
· Secondly, the Redmi Earbuds S do not support instant or Google’s fast pairing, not even with Redmi or Mi phones like what we have seen earlier with Realme Buds Air And Mi True Wireless Earphones 2.
· The Redmi Earbuds S also do not have any infrared sensors to automatically detect when you have them on, or when you have taken them off, to start or stop the playback.
You can choose to use the Redmi Earbuds S in mono or stereo though, which does have its use cases, especially while on calls for a long time or while sleeping.
As TWS earbuds don’t have any wires or inline control buttons the manufacturer either has the option of touch controlled buttons or physical buttons. Considering the price Redmi went with the physical buttons that provide basic functionality of pausing and resuming the playback. Each Redmi Earbud S has a physical button that lets you answer/end a call or play/pause music on single click, turn on default voice assistant on double click, and enable/disable game mode on three clicks. Using the physical buttons can at times be annoying because not only they require a soft or sometimes a hard press, which can sometimes shake the earbuds or move the earbuds inside the ear which can even cause pain at times. One can argue, that’s still fine for the price, and it is, but physical buttons also mean there’s only so much that you can do here. Take for instance, there’s no option to play/forward/skip a song or change the volume, so you’ll have to use voice assistance or get back to your smartphone for that which is a major drawback of these earbuds.
The Redmi Earbuds S packs a 7.2mm drivers (which is fine considering their tiny form factor) and support the most basic SBC (Standard Bluetooth Codec) codec for wireless transmission (which is again fine considering their budget credentials) to deliver “punchier sound and better bass experience,” according to Xiaomi. One thing that is done good on these earbuds is that the controller used on these Redmi Earbuds S is from Realtek which is a leading sound profile and audio centric company, and often Realtek’s controller are found on expensive and high end desktops and laptops. Xiaomi also says that they have customized the overall sound experience for the Indian users, as Indian users like a little more bass and loud music experience, even though the Redmi Earbuds S are simply a rebranded version of the Redmi AirDots S that were launched in China back in August last year at a more cheaper price.
The sound as per Xiaomi insists, has been tuned for the Indian listening preferences and is much improved based on the study. Which when simply put, means the Redmi Earbuds S will lean more towards lower frequencies and bass. Mid frequencies are just about okay and although these are single driver earbuds, the instrumental separation has been done well on the Redmi Buds S. That is great if you are geared up for the high pitched music, Bollywood remixes, EDM’s and dance music as well as pop music in general. We are quite impressed by the clarity of vocals, despite the very clear soundstage leanings, which makes the Redmi Earbuds S quite capable of playing music of all sorts as well as they can also be used to watch your favourite OTT content or even YouTube videos. The Redmi Earbuds S can go quite loud too without any sort of distortion getting in the way. #Redmi Earbuds S Price Specs Full Review India 2020.
The Redmi Earbuds S also have microphones which means you can do voice calls with them or even video calls at a stretch with your loved ones. Their in-ear design helps in passive noise cancellation (DSP Environmental Noise Cancellation) which can block the ambient noise to some extent as well but do keep in mind that the noise cancellation is fully software based and no additional hardware is used for that purpose. Voice calls made and received by the Redmi Earbuds S are average at best when it comes to quality, though you and the person on the other side won’t have much trouble hearing each other and the overall microphone quality is decent enough.
Low Latency Mode: For The Gamers Out There
Xiaomi is really boasting the Redmi Earbuds S’ game or low latency mode. Xiaomi is claiming their latency as low as (122 ms) is comparable to the much more expensive Mi TWS 2, Realme Buds Air or even the most Apple AirPods Pro. The game mode does work more or less as advertised. We tried these earbuds while playing PUBG mobile and we would like to tell that the gameplay was really great and lag free thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 and the low latency mode which really works and is not a gimmick.
The case that houses the earbuds comes with a micro USB port which is a bummer in 2020 considering the fact that almost every device launching in 2020 now comes with a type-C port that is both widely available and more convenient and removes the hassle of carrying multiple cables. As for battery life, Xiaomi claims up to 4-hours of battery life (12-hours with case) and real world figures have been close. We have been getting anywhere from 3.30-4 hours of battery life out of the Redmi Earbuds S which isn’t bad at all. The case can top up the earbuds up to 3 times. There’s no fast charging which means it takes nearly 2 hours to charge the case and nearly one and a half hours to charge the earbuds. Do note that the micro USB cable is not included in the box.
So You Might Be Thinking Should You Buy The Xiaomi Redmi Earbuds S ?
Well the simple answer to that question is “Yes”. You should definitely consider the Redmi Earbuds S as your choice of consideration for what Xiaomi or I would better say Redmi has to offer at an incredible price tag of Rs 1,799. For that price Redmi Earbuds S have no competition and are a no-brainer for Mi fans out there, or anybody for that matter and turns up heads of people looking to make a switch to wireless audio without breaking the bank a right purchase option. They’re small and lightweight, offer some high-end features like IPX4 rating and a low latency game mode, and have good battery life.
Pricing And Availability:
The Redmi Earbuds S are priced at Rs 1,799 and will available Black colour only starting May 27th on Mi.com, Mi Home, Mi Preferred Partners and Amazon.in .
Frequently Asked Questions
1:What are devices supported by Redmi Earbuds S?
Redmi Earbuds S supports all Android, iOS, Mac OS and Windows based devices with Bluetooth compatibility.
2.How do I charge these earbuds?
When the earbuds are placed in the charging case, they will automatically start charging and it takes approximately 1.5 hours for a full charge.
3.How to charge the charging case?
To charge the case, connect it to a power source through a micro USB cable. The indicator from the case will blink red while charging and turns off when fully charged. Please note that it takes approximately 2 hours for a full charge.
4.How to pair the Redmi Earbuds S with a device?
Remove both earbuds from the charging case simultaneously, and wait for 2–3 seconds for the earbuds to automatically connect with each other. Make sure the Bluetooth is enabled on your device. When the indicator of the left or right earbud slowly blinks white, search for “Redmi Earbuds S” on your device.
5.How do I switch on/switch off the earbuds?
Once you open the charging case, the earbuds will automatically turn on. To disconnect the earbuds, place the earbuds back into the charging case and close the lid this will put the earbuds to sleep mode automatically.
6.What button functions are available on the Redmi Earbuds S?
- Answer/End calls Gently press the multi-function button to answer/ end calls.
- Reject a call Press and hold the button for 1 second to reject a call.
- Play/Pause Music Press the multi-function button to play/pause the music while using the earbuds.
- Turn on voice assistant Double press the multi-function button to enable the voice assistant while using the earbuds.
- Answer a Second Call/Switch between Calls Press the multi-function button to answer the second incoming call during an ongoing call. Double press the multi-function button to switch between the two calls.
- Switch between Earbuds and Device During a call, press and hold the multi-function button for 1 second to switch between the earbuds and your phone.
- Mute/Unmute Double press the multi-function button to mute/ unmute the earbuds during an ongoing call.
- Enable/Disable Game Mode When playing games with your phone and earbuds being connected, press the multi-function button three times to enable or disable the game mode. In the game mode, the audio delay and latency can be effectively reduced.