Realme just lately launched its first good tv and smartwatch in India, however these weren’t the one merchandise unveiled at that occasion. The corporate additionally launched the Realme Buds Air Neo true wi-fi earphones, priced at Rs. 2,999. This lower-cost sibling to the Realme Buds Air which was launched comparatively just lately in late 2019, the Realme Buds Air Neo is an inexpensive true wi-fi headset meant to take the battle to Xiaomi and its current entry into the true wi-fi audio phase in India.
The Realme Buds Air Neo is extra inexpensive than the Realme Buds Air and has the identical design, however there are some variations when it comes to options and efficiency. We discover these adjustments, and likewise go into element about how these earphones carry out, in our evaluation.
Not as a lot fancy stuff on the Realme Buds Air Neo
Though we weren’t very impressed with the sound high quality of the Rs. 3,999 Realme Buds Air, it undoubtedly pushed boundaries of low-cost true wi-fi earphones when it comes to options. The Realme Buds Air Neo is not fairly as nicely outfitted, as an alternative sticking to getting the fundamentals proper at a cheaper price. There is not any wi-fi charging, and charging is thru a Micro-USB port; there is no Kind-C port, which you get on the higher-priced Buds Air.
Not a lot has modified on the subject of design; the Realme Buds Air Neo sports activities largely the identical AirPods-like design of its sibling. The outer-ear match is snug and stayed in place for most traditional actions, however passive noise isolation was virtually non-existent, as could be anticipated from this design. There are touch-sensitive zones on the earphones for the controls, which labored nicely for us. The earphones are IPX4 rated for water resistance, and use Bluetooth 5 for connectivity with assist for the SBC and AAC codecs.
The color choices have modified; you may get the Realme Buds Air Neo in white, inexperienced, or crimson. The charging case is identical color because the earphones, and has the Micro-USB charging port on the backside, plus a pairing button and indicator mild on the entrance. Merely opening the lid of the case powers up the earphones, and placing them away and shutting the lid powers them down.
The earphones ran for round three hours per cost, with the charging case managing to energy the earphones 4 extra occasions for a complete battery lifetime of 15 hours per cost cycle.
The Realme Buds Air Neo will get barely bigger 13mm dynamic drivers, and what Realme calls an R1 true wi-fi chip for dual-channel transmission and higher connectivity. There’s additionally a low-latency mode for gaming, contact operate customisation by way of the app, and assist for Google Quick Pair.
We paired the earphones for the primary time utilizing Google Quick Pair, and this labored precisely because it was speculated to, decreasing the variety of steps wanted to get the earphones linked to our Android smartphone. You can too use the protocol to search out your earphones by making them ring loudly if they’re inside Bluetooth vary.
The Realme Hyperlink app is out there now for Android and can be utilized to customize the contact controls of the Realme Buds Air Neo. You additionally want the app to activate the voice assistant operate on the earphones, which is disabled by default.
Gestures and controls for playback, invoking the voice assistant, and turning off the earphones might be set by way of the app, whereas quantity must be adjusted on the supply system. You can too see the battery stage on the earphones by way of the app, whereas the charging case will let when its personal battery stage is low by way of the indicator mild.
Realme Buds Air Neo: Acquainted entry-level sound high quality
Though the worth has been decreased and among the headline-worthy options have been skipped, in comparison with the older Realme Buds Air, the Realme Buds Air Neo would not sacrifice sound high quality. The earphones supply first rate sound for the worth, and actually we discovered them to be ever so barely higher than the dearer Buds Air. The tuning is a bit much less bass-oriented, however there’s nonetheless loads of thump for anybody who likes issues thrilling.
One thing that is normally lacking from funds true wi-fi earphones is element, so we began with one in all our favorite tracks for testing this – Love Love Love by Moullinex. The busy nature of this observe with the various devices and energetic beats wasn’t fairly as spectacular on the Realme Buds Air Neo as on the spectacular JVC HA-A10T, however the earphones did handle to get among the spatial sense of the observe proper. The sound wasn’t as crisp as on the JVC earphones, however we weren’t dissatisfied with it both.
Switching as much as salsa, we listened to Present Me by Alex Wilson. The mid-range and highs undoubtedly take a again seat with extra consideration going to the lows and mid-lows, however the drop off is not as pronounced as on the Realme Buds Air; we might nonetheless hear the vocals and highs clearly sufficient. Nonetheless, the catchy drum beats on this observe felt a bit bass-boosted. The earphones did not fairly seize the element within the conga drums, and the observe sounded boring to us. The nuances of particular genres aren’t precisely reproduced by the Realme Buds Air Neo, and the earphones are finest used for contemporary digital music that depends on synthesised bass.
That is precisely what we listened to subsequent – we performed The Whistle Music by Netsky, and the essence of this drum-and-bass observe was nicely portrayed by the earphones. As soon as once more, element was missing, however the Realme Buds Air Neo did get the uncooked thump and forcefulness of the lows proper. The earphones additionally get very loud, which helps amp up the joy in digital music.
Lastly, we used the Realme Buds Air Neo for cellphone calls, and the earphones carried out nearly as we anticipated from an inexpensive pair of true wi-fi earphones. Whereas we had been in a position to hear and be heard on calls after we had good reception, sound was a bit boomy for us, and never all the time sharp sufficient for the particular person on the opposite finish. The low-latency mode works as anticipated; sound high quality dropped a bit when utilizing it, however there was a considerably noticeable discount in latency, which improved the gaming expertise a bit.
The Realme Buds Air Neo is not fairly as groundbreaking a product because the Realme Buds Air, which was launched in late 2019. Whereas it prices Rs. 1,000 much less, the omission of wi-fi charging and using a Micro-USB port for charging makes this a much less spectacular choice. Sound high quality would not see any important enhancements, and battery life is common, however some fundamental options which can be frequent to each headsets comparable to Google Quick Pair, low-latency mode, and app assist are helpful to have at this worth and would possibly enchantment to many patrons.
The Realme Buds Air Neo is a competitively priced product, disposing of frills whereas retaining the core expertise. Realme nonetheless hasn’t cracked the true wi-fi earphones components in India with the Realme Buds Air Neo, in our opinion. Should you’re purchasing on a funds, the Redmi Earbuds S is a extra inexpensive and higher choice to go for, in our opinion.
Worth: Rs. 2,999
- Google Quick Pair, app assist
- Steady connectivity, AAC codec supported
- Comfy, straightforward to make use of
- Robust bass
- Not a lot element, boring sound
- Common battery life
- Not superb for voice calls
Rankings (out of 5)
- Design/ consolation: 3.5
- Audio high quality: 3
- Battery life: 3.5
- Worth for cash: 4
- General: 3.5
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