The design of headphones have evolved over the years both in size, sound output and comfort to the user. We’ve seen a gradual shift from wired headphones to wireless devices which uses Bluetooth. Even among wireless earphones, there is a graduation towards Truly Wireless (TWS) headphones, different from wireless headphones. The simple explanation is that while the wireless headphones have a stretch of wire connecting the two earpieces, the TWS headphones do not have such. Each of the earbuds exists on its own, without any wire connecting the two. The way these works is that the Bluetooth signal is transmitted to the device to one of the earpieces (acting as the master), the master earpiece then transmits the signal to the other earpiece and you’re listening to your tunes. Xiaomi has now announced its first truly wireless earphone dubbed Xiaomi AirDots TWS earphone Youth version.
The device no doubt draws some inspiration from the Apple Airpods and even the name looks similar but the design is entirely different. Instead, the design is similar to the Mi Bluetooth Wireless Earbud which was released not too long ago. The Mi AirDots also doesn’t share price similarity with Apple’s as it comes in at just 199 yuan (~$28) which is a stark contrast from the $159 for the new Apple AirPods. For a far lesser amount, you’ll get a product which we can’t say is of the same quality as the Airpods but comes with a high-quality design, sound output and awesome battery life.
The Xiaomi Bluetooth Headset AirDots Youth Edition uses an upgraded Bluetooth 5.0 connection, which is more resistant to signal interference than the Bluetooth 4.2 standard used in commercially available true wireless Bluetooth headsets. As you should know, it enables a more stable Bluetooth connection. The problem of single-ear disconnection that frequently occurs in the Bluetooth 4.2 era is greatly reduced. It is extremely lightweight, weighing only 4.2g. It also comes with a bevelled ear design, which not only provides a firm wearing but also isolates noise. The device is said to offer up to 4 hours of continuous music playback or talk time. The pair can, however, last for up to 12 hours on standby.
The AirDots comes with several features that ensure the user is satisfied with the sound output and the user experience is designed to be seamless. If the pair or one of them is taken out of the charging box, it boots automatically and pairs with the previously connected device. Placing it inside the charging box automatically disconnects and switches it off. There are touch panels on both sides of the earphone, which is used to pause of playing, answer and reject the calls, etc. Yet again, Xiaomi has included its Xiao AI voice assistant on the model which means you’ll have to deal with some Chinese voice prompt during usage. The voice assistance is supposed to help Chinese speakers perform such tasks as sending an SMS or make a call by voice command.
The Xiaomi AirDots TWS Bluetooth earphone will go on sale on November 11 (Double Eleven) in China for 199 yuan (~$28). The gadget will be available simultaneously on Xiaomi Mall, Xiaomi Youpin, Tmall, Jingdong, Suning and other platforms.