The True Wireless Earbuds segment has recently gained popularity in India. In fact, the last reports suggest that portable devices in India recorded growth of 80% over one year with a delivery of more than 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2020. The main reason for the increase is due to the rise of TWS headphones in India.
Much like the way the budget smartphone market was filled with many options a few years ago, we now have a ton of options for the TWS segment. Smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme have already taken the plunge and launched their true wireless headphones in India, offering many new affordable options for consumers.
A few months ago, we didn’t have many options below 5,000 rupees for a TWS in India. But, now with multiple launches, we get a handful of TWS headphones in the segment below 5,000 Rs. If you want to get on the train and join the army of truly wireless stereo headphones, here are the best TWS headphones you should consider.
1. Oppo W31
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | Controls: Touch controls | Conductors: N / A | Mic: Yes | Battery life: Up to 3.5 hours | Charging: Type C charging port, fast charging
Good audio experience
No fast charging
Oppo’s second TWS in India after Oppo Enco Free, which is one of the best TWS under Rs 10,000. The Oppo W31 is one of the most beautiful TWS in the price segment. These headphones are neck and neck with Realme’s Buds Air, which is also very similarly priced.
Unlike the Realme Buds Air which prefers bass to everything, the Oppo W31 offers a nice full sound and punchy bass. You also have two modes with the Oppo W31: a dedicated bass mode here with a balanced mode.
For commands, you get double-tap and triple tap functions. On a single charge, the headphones last up to three hours and with the case, you get up to 11 hours. The case can be charged via a type C interface. However, the buds lack a quick charge.
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2. Xiaomi Mi True 2 Wireless Headphones
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | Controls: Touch | Driver: 14.2 mm dynamic | Mic: Double microphone | Drums: Up to 4 hours | Charging: Type-C
Battery, fast charge
Not suitable for everyone
Xiaomi’s first pair of TWS in India, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 are intended for those who value convenience above all. It supports LHDC (low latency, high definition audio codec) which allows 3 times higher data rate for better quality output. The heads are fitted with large dynamic 14.2mm speakers, which is one of the best in its segment.
It comes with two microphones, the secondary microphone is used here to suppress the ambient noise that is triggered when you receive a call. A single session with this TWS can last more than three hours. The case also supports fast charging, which takes only about an hour to go from vacuum to full.
As with most wireless headphones, even the Mi TWS 2 suffers from audio latency during play. For games like PUBG where even a slight delay can cost you dearly, these are not ideal.
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3. Noise Shots X5 Pro
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm chipset | Controls: Touch | Driver: 6 mm | Mic: Yes, ENC (environmental noise suppression) | Drums: Up to 8 hours | Charging: Type-C and USB (output)
Housing too big and too heavy
Noise announced a bunch of TWS this year, and the one that stands out from the crowd is the Shots X5 Pro. These headphones offer up to 8 hours of battery on a single charge and can last up to 150 hours with the case. In addition, you can use the case as an emergency power bank as it comes with a large 2200 mAh battery.
The Noise shots X5 Pro TWS operates Bluetooth 5.0 and offers a wireless range up to 10 meters. It uses a Qualcomm chipset with AptX + AAC Hi-Fi audio technology. This guarantees the TWS a better range, a more stable connection and better battery life.
The sound quality is also good with a decent amount of bass. It comes with touch sensors on each button which can be used to control volume, answer / reject calls and control media. They are also classified IPX7 against water.
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4. Realme Buds Air
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, R1 chipset | Controls: Touch | Driver: Low 12 mm | Mic: Dual microphone, ENC (environmental noise suppression) | Drums: : Up to 3 hours | Charging: Type-C, Qi wireless charging
Low latency game mode
Good call quality
Fit not intended for everyone
Poor noise cancellation
Realme Buds Air looks like Apple AirPods, but at a very affordable price. Realme Buds are a great entry point for anyone who hasn’t jumped on the wireless headset bandwagon yet. It also comes with a dedicated game mode, which offers a theoretical latency of only 120 ms.
The Realme Buds Air is rather fragile and the cover closes at the slightest tug. It comes with a small case with a Type C port at the bottom. It also supports wireless charging. Featuring a 12mm dynamic bass boost driver, the headphones deliver punchy bass.
Realme Buds Air is priced at Rs 3,999 and is available in white, black and yellow color options. It can be purchased through Flipkart and the Realme website.
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The company also offers a cheaper version of Realme Buds Air nicknamed Air Neo for Rs 2,999. But you will miss out on in-ear detection, secondary microphone, wireless charging and type C port.
5. JBL C100
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | Controls: Button | Driver: 5.8 mm dynamic | Mic: Yes | Drums: Up to 5 hours | Charging: Micro USB
Excellent voices and mediums
Micro USB port
In case you’re looking for an in-ear style with good overall performance, the JBL C100 might be the one for you. It offers excellent voices and mids, as well as punchy bass. The sound scene with the JBL C100 is also excellent.
It can be controlled via the physical buttons on other headphones, the right one can be used to play / pause media and calls and the left one can be used to skip tracks. On a single charge, these last up to 5 hours and they only constitute the micro USB interface for charging.
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6. Skullcandy Sesh
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | Controls: Button | Driver: Low 6 mm | Mic: Yes | Drums: Up to 3 hours | Charging: Micro USB
The Skullcandy Sesh TWS has an in-ear design, which means you get a comfortable fit. Like other TWS earphones, they come with a case that doubles as a battery. It comes with a physical button located on the outer surface of the buds. A single click will play / pause the media and to manage the volume you will need to double click and a triple click will trigger the Google Assistant / Siri.
On the battery side, the company claims up to 3 hours on a single charge which is a bit disappointing. The sound signature is decent and the bass is good. However, there is notable Bluetooth latency with this pair of TWS.
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7. Redmi S headphones
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | Controls: Buttons | Driver: 7.2 mm | Mic: Yes, DSP noise reduction | Drums: Up to 4 hours | Charging: micro USB
Redmi recently entered the audio segment in India with its affordable Redmi headphones. The individual buds weigh only 4.5 g each and are also resistant to perspiration and IPX4 splashes. The Redmi Earbuds S headphones have 7.2mm drivers. The bass has not been boosted by many to avoid distortion, which slips intrinsically into headphones with small drivers.
The heads are also designed in such a way that they provide passive sound insulation when worn correctly. However, there are also some drawbacks with the S earphones. The materials used are very inexpensive and overall the buds are fragile. The sound scene is not up to par with Redmi Earbuds S. But, in the end, for Rs 1,799, these are the best available on the market.
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8. pTron Bassbuds
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 | Controls: Button | Driver: 10 mm dynamic | Mic: Yes | Drums: Up to 6 hours | Charging: Micro USB
Not suitable for everyone
Finish the list with one of the most affordable TWSs on the list, which is also one of the top rated products on Amazon.in, pTron Bassbuds. For the price of Rs 999, it can be your secondary headphones or simply a headset that takes you on the TWS train.
The pTron Bassbuds uses the dynamic Bluetooth 5.0 and 10 mm drivers. The basic and audio experience is really good for what you pay for. The only drawback here is that the TWS is not IP rated, so if you plan on using it for your gym sessions, look better elsewhere.
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These are some of the best True wireless headphones currently available in India. In the near future, we can expect more headphones to hit the market at an affordable price. Poco and Realme will be the next to announce a new pair of headphones in India.