Of late, True Wireless Earphones (TWS) segment has been witnessing a lot of launches from the smartphone brands such as the OPPO, Realme, Huawei, and Xiaomi. Out of them, Xiaomi seems to have a clear strategy to make rapid strides in the Indian market.
While we were in the midst of reviewing the recently launched Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 costing INR4,499 the Chinese marquee has launched another TWS earphones, the Redmi Earbuds S at an appetizingly budget price of INR1,799, clearly hinting that Xiaomi is trying to target two price tiers in the TWS segment simultaneously.
While the Mi TWS it is geared towards the premium segment, with the Redmi TWS Xiaomi is eyeing the affordable segment; a dual-brand strategy of the company that we have already seen in the smartphone space.
Well, keeping out of the Xiaomi’s marketing strategy, we are here to actually share our review of the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. We will tell you how these Earphones fare to Xiaomi’s claim of better sound clarity, battery life, as well as call clarity. And whether you should buy it. For that keep on reading.
Design, Build, and Comfort
Starting off with the box content, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 comes with a charging cum casing box which is rectangular in shape with circular arc design at the corners. The case comes in white color with a matte finish, giving it a premium look right off the bat. It is neither big or nor heavy. Hence, carrying them in pockets won’t be a problem.
The box feels robust in hand, however, it is the hinge that adds to the fun with its nice clicking sound emanating from it each time it is shut.
The box exhibits a plain and minimalistic look with the front featuring an LED light for charging status, the right side mounting a tactile button for pairing and tracking the battery status on the go while the left side is left totally clean. The bottom includes a USB Type-C port for which a cable is provided out-of-the-box.
Flip open the box and you will get a pair of white color earbuds with a half-in-ear design much like the Apple AirPods. The earbuds stick out a little in the casing, so taking them off is just easy. Inside the box, they are held by a magnet so they don’t come off even if the box is held upside down.
The Earbuds have a long stem with a matte finish while the ear cups get a glossy finish. For being long the stem weirdly hangs from the ear while the ear cups fit well into the ears. However, people with too short or big ears might complain about fitting.
Earbuds don’t slip off the ear even when the head shakes; thereby making them ideal for the use during the workouts and running. Also, with each buds weighing just 4.5 grams the pair is well suited for a long session of calls or listening to music. IPX4 rating for water-resistance adds to its durability quotient.
Pairing and Connectivity
The pairing of the Earpods with the phone is just one-step procedure provided the devices are from Xiaomi and running MIUI 11. When the lid of the box is opened the phone automatically detects the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 device and shows the charging status of the box as well as individual earbuds. Doesn’t all this sound like Apple AirPods? Well, it actually does.
Pairing with other non-compatible devices, however, requires a few more steps starting from tapping the pairing button on the right side of the case, opening the Bluetooth settings on the phone, to searching for the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. Once paired, pull up the earbuds from the casing and fit them into ears before immersing yourself into the world of music.
Here, Bluetooth 5.0 makes the pairing pretty fast and provides a stable connection within 10 meters of the radius.
Sound Quality and Controls
Xiaomi has done admirably well as it stuff the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 with a 14.22mm dynamic driver with Titanium composite diaphragm. This had so far been unheard in this price segment. The device also has the support for LHDC format, again a rare in this ballpark. This allows you to play music at the highest quality without any loss in output.
Unfortunately there not many phones out there right now that support LHDC format, though in a few months a plentiful of such phones will arrive. However, for the non-supported phones, the device still supports AAC and SBC audio formats, meaning the sound quality is never compromised.
In our review, we found the sound quality to be pretty satisfying with mids and treble handled pretty well. The vocal and instrument separation was also good. However, some users may not appreciate the bass which is not loud enough in the Indian context. For one thing, it could be also because the ears don’t get fully sealed with the earbuds. With little adjustments, we, however, noticed an improvement in the loudness.
The device lacks a gaming mode so you will likely encounter minor latency while playing games. Like any other TWS in this category, some sound does leak out to nearby people if the volume is set very high.
Throughout audio balance and clarity remain steady. Even at 100 per cent it doesn’t show any sign of distortions. Nevertheless, we recommend you to tune it in between 70 to 80 percent for the best experience.
When it comes to call, the other person hears you clearly and vice-versa. There was no echo or voice breaking complain though it also depends on the strength of the network. The device has infrared sensors that appreciably cancel the surrounding noise during the call.
Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 also pause music when either of the Earpods is removed from the ears. The music play resumes once they are put back to ears again. We are particularly impressed with the addition of this wear detection feature which is otherwise can be found in high-end earphones from premium brands only.
The ear cups also have touch gestures support. Double-tap on the right ear cup is meant for playing or pausing music while a double tap on the left one will summon the voice assistant. Double-tapping anyone of them will allow you to answer calls. The touch gestures worked flawlessly when we tested them.
The MI True Wireless Earphones 2 is claimed to have 14 hours of battery life between the charges with the case and 4 hours of battery life for the earbuds. In normal scenarios with 70-80 percent of volume, the claims seem to be accurate.
However, in stronger demands like in gaming and calls the battery life slips to 10-11 hours while the earbuds last just over three hours. To refill the earbuds and the case it takes around 70 to 80 minutes. The case uses a 250mAh battery while the earbuds have 30mAh battery each. Overall, we found the battery life to be pretty much decent at this price.
About our recommendation as to whether you should buy it or not, it largely depends on what are your requirements from a TWS device that costs INR4,499. If you are looking for an easy to use and comfortable TWS that will offer good voice quality and call quality along with some additional features, then the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 is a go-to device for you.
Obviously, there will be a few cons such as the weird design with a longer stem and some sound spillover in the case of Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. But you must know there is no TWS that can be a complete package for disparate needs of users, especially at this price tag.