Realme Buds Air Pro Review: One Of The Cheapest Earbuds With Noise Canceling

Aadhya Khatri - Nov 18, 2020


Realme Buds Air Pro Review: One Of The Cheapest Earbuds With Noise Canceling

Realme Buds Air Pro is Realme’s first wireless earbuds coming equipped with active noise canceling

Realme Buds Air Pro is Realme’s first wireless earbuds coming equipped with active noise canceling. With a price tag of Rs 4,499, the earbuds are among the most budget-friendly offers on the Indian market with ANC.

Realme Buds Air Pro Launch Date In India And Availability

The earbuds were launched in India on October 7.

Realme Buds Air Pro
The earbuds were launched in India on October 7

Realme Buds Air Pro price in India is Rs 4,999 but are currently enjoying a Rs 500 price cut for the festive season. They are retailed on Realme.com and Flipkart. Users have the choice to acquire them in Rock Black and Soul White.

Realme Buds Air Pro price on Flipkart: Rs 5,999.

Design And Fit

While it’s understandable for the Realme Buds Air Pro to take after the Realme Buds Air, which in turn resembles Apple AirPods, Realme’s first truly wireless earbuds take another approach.

The buds look more like Vivo TWS Neo and OnePlus Buds with the cobble-shape design. The case is shiny and smooth and the finish is glossy, providing a good grip.

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The buds look more like Vivo TWS Neo and OnePlus Buds with the cobble-shape design

There is a button for reset or pairing on the case and the placement is thoughtful, ensuring convenience. At the bottom of the case, you will find a Type-C port. You don’t get wireless charging here but given the targeted market, that’s hardly a bad choice.

Now let’s take a look at the Realme Buds Air Pro.

The shiny and smooth build makes taking the buds out of the case a bit difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, the task becomes a child’s play.

Overall, the buds look a bit chunky because of all the tech packed inside. The size does take a heavy toll on fit as you may find it hard to make the buds fit into the ears properly.

Realme Buds Air Pro 2
At the bottom of the case, you will find a Type-C port

The three extra ear tips do help with achieving a near-perfect fit. The IPX4 rating means you can bring the Realme Buds Air Pro along to the gym or under light rain. However, the case has no protection against dust or water.

Control-wise, you get triple-tap, double-tap, and long press. Users can assign functions for them via the Realme Link app.

Sound Quality And Noise Cancellation

The earbuds feature Google fast pair and Bluetooth 5.0. Under the hood, the buds run on Realme S1 chipset and 10mm bass boost drivers. Those are the highlights of Realme Buds Air Pro specs.

The connection is great with the earbuds and so is the range. You can easily leave your phone in one room and travel to another and the connection is still perfectly sound.

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The connection is great with the earbuds and so is the range

The buds have support for SBC and AAC codecs but not aptX HD. There are three modes to choose from, including Transparency, Noise Cancelling, and General. Transparency allows users to listen to outside sounds as well as the media playing on the earbuds.

The feature is usually unique on higher-end earbuds so it’s nice to have it on a budget option.

The sound quality gets mixed reviews. Realme has done a good job offering a wide soundstage. Imaging is excellent and instrument separation is distinct and clear.

The lows aren’t as punchy as some users may expect and mids can sound unpleasant from time to time. Sometimes highs and mids reproduce hollow sound signatures.

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The lows aren’t as punchy as some users may expect and mids can sound unpleasant from time to time

When you crank up the volumes to maximum, expect to hear distortion with the Realme Buds Air Pro.

Overall, audiophiles will find the earbuds are nothing to write home about but an average user will probably be satisfied.

The star of the show here is the noise canceling ability. Realme said the feature can go all the way up to 35dB. The feature works well as the earbuds can cut out most of the noise.

Accessing the feature is easy with a long press. However, expect high-frequency noise to penetrate through the defense, which is hardly the case for higher-end earbuds.

Realme Link App And Features

Realme Buds Air Pro comes with the Realme Link app, which allows you to assign functions for the double-tap and the triple-tap.

Some cool features we would like to point out in this Realme Buds Air Pro review including long-press the two buds to access gaming mode, the volume enhancer for those who like a louder output, and Bass Boost+ for dynamic bass.

Realme Link app is one of the earbuds’ competitive edge. It’s packed with handy features and can run on all Android devices.

Call Quality

Many budget TWS can hardly hold up with call quality but that isn’t the case with the Realme Buds Air Pro. The ENC – or environmental noise-canceling, comes into play for calls to ensure the clearness and hassle-free experience.

Battery Life

Realme Buds Air Pro case draws power from a 486mAh battery. According to Realme, you will get 20 hours if you turn ANC on. The time is bumped up to 25 hours with the feature turned off and volumes set at 50%.

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Realme Buds Air Pro case draws power from a 486mAh battery

In reality, you can expect around 3.5 hours from the earbuds with volume at 90% and ANC on. With ANC off and 80% of volume, the best you can get is 4.5 hours. The case can provide 3 to 4 charges depending on your usage.

It takes you about an hour to charge the earbuds from 0% to 100% and two hours to charge both the buds and the case.

While we don’t get wireless charging, the battery life of the Realme Buds Air Pro doesn’t raise the need for the feature.

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