realme India has recently been on a roll with product launches, especially in the audio category. In the past few months, realme has launched a wireless neckband named realme Buds Wireless, budget wired earphones like the realme Buds 2, and they recently made their foray into the TWS category with realme Buds Air. realme Buds Air look good on paper with really good pricing. realme Air Buds caught our fancy, and hence we purchased it, and here’s out unboxing of realme Buds Air.
A quick glance at the spec-sheet of the realme Air Buds,
|Chip||R1 Headphone Chip|
|Control||Play/pause music playback|
Launch voice assistant
Answer/hang up a call
Jump between tracks
Can be customized with app
|App Connectivity||Yes (via realme link app)|
|Bluetooth||5.0, Google Fast Pair Technology|
|Bluetooth Profiles||BLE, HEP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP|
|Supported Audio Codecs||SBC, AAC|
|Calling||Dual microphones for Environment noise cancellation|
|Wear Detection||Yes, auto play/pause due to infrared sensor|
|Low Latency Mode||Yes, ideal for gaming|
|Battery Life||3 hours of standalone playback, 17 hours with the case|
|Dimensions||51.3 mm × 41.3 mm × 25.3 mm|
|Colors||White, Black, Yellow|
- realme Buds Air
- Type-C Charging cable
- User Manual
realme Air Buds, elder brother of recently launched realme Air Buds Neo, comes in the iconic realme yellow color box with realme and Buds Air branding. Out of the three available colors, we bought the white color variant. They resemble the design language of a certain other very popular true wireless earphones from a Cupertino Company.
Opening up the box, we are greeted with the realme Buds Air charging case which houses the earbuds as well. The casing has a squircle like a shape with curved arches on all sides to provide a better in-hand feel.,The build quality of the case itself feels decent with a glossy finish. Coming to the earbuds, just like the case, even they have a plastic build with a glossy finish and have a half-in-ear design.
The lid which is used to access the earbuds, magnetically attaches to the case. Just below the lid, one can find the pairing button which can be used to pair the realme Buds Air to any supported device seamlessly. The dimensions of the case are 51.3 by 41.3 by 25.3 weighing 42.3 grams whilst housing a battery of 400 mAh.
Audio, Controls and Connectivity
The earbuds house the 12nm drivers along with the panel for touch controls on the side and microphone for taking calls, using the assistant, and so on. Being powered by the R1 Chip, they support seamless pairing via Bluetooth 5.0 for Google Fast Pairing Technology, along with other nifty features like touch controls.
|Double Tap on any one side||Answer a call; play/pause music playback|
|Triple Tap on any one side||Skip to next song|
|Press and hold one side||Launch voice assistant; end/decline a call|
|Press and hold both sides||Enter/exit Gaming Mode|
With the gamer demographic in mind, realme has also included a low-latency mode termed as Gaming Mode. It has other features to help users like the environment noise cancellation which it achieves with the help of its two microphones. The earbuds support a wide range of audio Codecs like SBC and AAC, to improve the audio listening experience of consumers.
The earbuds have optical sensors, which helps in ear detection to turn the audio playback off or on. Another nifty feature of the realme Buds Air is it’s support to connect to the realme Link app which helps to configure certain aspects of the buds as per user needs, the same app can be used to control other IoT devices and accessories launched by realme.
The case can be charged via type-C port provided at the bottom of the case or via wireless charging and supports charging speeds up to 10W, which is a welcome move as most TWS in this price range don’t come with support for wireless charging. The wireless charger isn’t provided in the box, which is absolutely fine and too much to ask for at this price. The case also includes a LED Indicator light just above the pairing button which shows the charging level of the case. Here’s how you can interpret the charging indicator LED.
|Red Light Flashing||Less than 30%|
|Yellow Light Flashing||Between 30-60%|
|Green Light Flashing||Above 60%|
The earbuds can be charged via the realme Buds Air case, as they have magnetic charging pins at the end of the stem which attach to the pins present in the case. A fully charged case paired with buds can give up to 17 hours of playback time, as per the company claims.So stay tuned and let us know if you are interested in more coverage about the realme Buds Air.
realme Buds Air pricing,
|China||¥ 399 (approx INR 4,260)|
|Australia||AUD 149 (approx INR 7,170)|
We will be bringing realme Buds Air review soon, so stay tuned if you want to know about the audio performance and batery life. You can buy the realme Buds Air from realme.com and flipkart. If you found this unboxing helpful and are interested in more such coverage, follow realme Central as we will be bringing realme Watch Unboxing soon. You can also follow us on Twitter and Telegram for all realme related news and happenings.