It is no real surprise that Chinese manufacturers, in recent years, have been emulating Apple in one way or another. From integrating hideous notches to using an iOS-lookalike UI, almost every smartphone company from China are desperate to get a bigger share of the pie. And it has somehow proven to be successful.
Today, Realme, a sub-brand of OPPO, one of China’s largest smartphone manufacturer has unveiled the Realme Buds Air with a design that looks pretty uncanny to Apple’s AirPods. Or let’s just say it’s a blatant copy. The company has gone to such extent to imitate the AirPods that they have fused similar pairing method to that of Apple — just open the case and you are good to go.
On top of that, the Realme Buds Air has an optical wear sensor that lets you play/pause music when you take any one off. Plus there is touch control to play or pause, activate the voice assistant, answering calls, and more; similar to what you would get on from Apple.
The Buds works on Bluetooth 5.0 and features Realme’s own R1 chip for super-low latency, as claimed. It also supports Gaming Mode which, as said, will decrease the sound lag down to 120 ms; almost half the standard 204 ms.
Also, the Buds Air comes with two microphones — one for calls and another for noise cancellation. There’s also a 12 mm bass booster for a much clear sound.
Although the battery capacity is yet to be known, Realme has promised a 3h of usage on a single charge and 17h of total playback time with the battery in the case, which can be charged wirelessly.
With design and features mostly resembling Apple’s AirPods, the only real differentiating factor of the Realme Buds Air happens to be its three color options of Yellow, Black, and White.
The Realme Buds Air has gone on sale starting today on Flipkart and Realme’s website for INR 3,999 (~$56).