Redmi has unveiled an updated version of its wireless earbuds called Redmi AirDots 3. It has been unveiled with smartphones such as Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro. If you are interested to know my opinion about these smartphones, then you can follow the link here.
As for the new generation in the TWS line of AirDots earbuds? This is the third generation and it has received a pretty strong upgrade compared to the first and second generation. Let me remind you that Redmi AirDots and AirDots 2 had almost identical appearances.
But what else has changed a lot is the cost. For example, the Redmi AirDots 3 can currently be purchased for $38. But the official cost in China was $30. If you think about the first two generations, then the price tag for them was about $20 or even lower. Thus, let’s find out whether it is worth overpaying twice as much or is it possible to purchase a second generation?
The main change was the natural look and materials used. I also found an updated version of the wireless connection – Bluetooth 5.2. The earbuds are paired via the aptX audio codec and are splash and sweat resistant under the IPX4 standard.
Naturally, I cannot classify the Redmi AirDots 3 as a mid-budget earbud class. Therefore, let’s find out how high-quality the sound sounds and how comfortable they sit in the ear canal. But I plan to start my in-depth and detailed review with the appearance of the package and the set.
Redmi AirDots 3: Specifications
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Unboxing and packaging
The new generation of AirDots 3 earbuds are delivered in the usual rectangular packaging, which is made of blue thin cardboard. To me for review, the package came intact. But I cannot guarantee that the earbuds will come to you without damaging the box.
On the front of the package, you can see the Mi logo, the model name, and a small drawing of the charging box with earbuds in the lower right corner. Of course, I have a Chinese version, so all inscriptions and features are marked with Chinese characters. The back has a list of brief technical specifications, which are also in Chinese.
Inside the box, I managed to find it – it’s a charging case with earbuds inside. I was also delighted to have a new Type-C charging cable. If you remember the past two generations, they only had a Micro USB connection. The package also includes instructions in Chinese and a pair of additional silicone ear tips.
Design, build quality and materials
The third generation of Redmi AirDots 3 wireless earbuds has minor changes in appearance. More precisely, the dimensions and weight of both the earbuds and the charging box have become larger and heavier. For example, the shape of the new earbuds has become a little longer, and the weight has increased by half a gram and became 4.6 grams.
This affected the comfort of fit, that is, now the new generation has become well felt in the ear canal. But at the same time, I cannot say that I had problems with wearing. Yes, I could not wear it for a long time, since these are not semi in-ear earbuds, but in-ear headphones with ear tips. Therefore, I had to take a break every 2 hours to give my ears a little rest.
It is also worth mentioning that I had no problems playing sports. The Redmi AirDots 3 earbuds sat firmly in the ear canal and I had no feeling that they would accidentally fall out of my ear. Also, you can not be afraid to engage in vigorous workouts, as there is protection against sweat and splashes under the IPX4 standard onboard.
As for the assembly, I liked how the new generation earbuds were assembled. They were really strong and did not emit any extraneous sounds and creaks.
I can also mention the changed materials used. Now the new generation has received a composite plastic. For example, the inside of the earbuds is made of matte plastic, while the outside is made of glossy plastic. I didn’t really like this combination, since I am not a supporter of glossy materials. In addition, fingerprints are easily left on it, and after that, the case looks quite easily soiled.
The outer part of the case received a touch control panel, an LED indicator, and a hole for a microphone. Meanwhile, on the inside, there are two charging contacts and a proximity sensor to automatically pause when you remove one of the earbuds from the ear canal. I liked that the third generation got the auto-pause function, it is really useful and convenient in practice.
Okay, now let’s talk about the charging case. It has also become bulkier and heavier than its predecessors. Now the dimensions are 65 x 42 x 32 mm and weighing 42 grams, excluding the earbuds. But the second generation was 62 x 40 x 27 mm and weighed about 27 grams. As you can see, the difference is significant.
But besides that, there were some small changes here and let me tell you about them. First, one battery level indicator was installed on the front, and there is a Type-C port for charging on the back. As you remember, previous versions only had a Micro USB port and there was no charge level indicator.
Also, under the cover of the case between the headphone seats, there is a button for pairing or resetting settings.
According to the materials used, the third generation received a similar matte plastic, as was the case with their older brothers. I also liked the build quality. For example, the lid of the charging box practically does not play, it opens smoothly and keeps well in the open position.
Well, the last thing I wanted to talk about in this section is color options. The new Redmi AirDots 3 earbuds have received three different color options – these are in white, pink, and blue. I have earbuds in blue on my review, but I was a little upset by the news that earbuds are not available in black.
Connection, latency, and touch control
Onboard the new generation of Redmi AirDots 3 earbuds, a Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connection with aptX Adaptive audio codec is used. I did not find any problems with the signal quality, and throughout the test, the signal was stable and did not break off.
As for the connection, everything is standard here, as with other TWS earbuds. But if you have a Xiaomi or Redmi device with an MIUI shell, then when you open the lid, a pop-up window with settings and connection will appear on the smartphone. Also here you can see the battery level in the earbuds and charging case.
While using the earbuds, I did not find any significant latency issues. For example, I could comfortably play games or watch YouTube videos and the latency was minimal.
If we talk about touch controls, then it is not very multifunctional, like most other earbuds. That is, when you double-tap on the left channel, the earbuds call the Xiaomi assistant, and the right one stops playback. This is a very weak touch control in terms of functionality. But through the pop-up window, you can change the controls, for example, to switch tracks forward or backward.
Sound and microphone quality
There are dual dynamic drivers used inside each earphone, but I was unable to find information on their size. Also, the Redmi AirDots 3 earbuds use the Qualcomm 3040 chipset.
I want to compare the sound quality of the new generation of earbuds with its predecessor Redmi AirDots 2. The first thing I noticed was the fact that the third generation began to play quieter, but not much. For example, it was enough for me to hear music at a 90% volume level.
As for the frequency range, the mid and high frequencies are well developed in the new generation of earbuds. I liked that even at the maximum volume level, the earbuds did not wheeze and played in detail and without extraneous sounds. The musical instruments were played clearly and without any problems, and the vocalist’s voice was spacious and dynamic.
But the low frequencies are not as pronounced as on the second generation of Redmi AirDots. The novelty received not such a voluminous and massive bass as its predecessors had. Therefore, this is also worth paying attention to when buying a new model of wireless earbuds.
Overall, I liked how the manufacturer balanced the sound quality. The sound became much better and despite the low value of the bass level, the sound was very good.
The quality of the microphone was average, but in a quiet room, the interlocutors heard me clearly. But in noisy places, the interlocutors had periodic difficulties, since the noises of the surrounding world were also clearly audible.
Battery and battery life
In each of the Redmi AirDots 3 earbud cases, the manufacturer has installed a 43 mAh battery. Considering that the third generation of earbuds has received an updated Bluetooth 5.2 connection, then the energy consumption will be significantly less than with the Bluetooth 5.0 generation.
My practice has shown the result in 6.5 hours at a 90% volume level. This is a very similar result, as promised by the manufacturer in their advertising posts. In addition, there is a 600 mAh battery inside the charging box. This is exactly twice as much as that of its predecessors. Therefore, the total battery life will be about 30 hours.
The earbuds are charged in the charging box in 50 minutes, and the charging case via Type-C connection in 1.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
After testing the third generation of Redmi AirDots 3 wireless earbuds and comparing it with the second generation, I have a good impression.
Of course, the new generation of TWS earbuds has received many interesting functions and features. For example, there is a modern Type-C charging connection and a battery level indicator on the box.
Also, a proximity sensor for auto-pause was installed in the earbuds. In addition, there was improved sound quality, especially when it comes to mids and highs. I also liked the battery life and of course the presence of the Bluetooth 5.2 version.
The disadvantages are the increased size and weight of the earbud case and charging box. Glossy plastic on the outside of the earbud case and minimal touch control functionality. Also, the bass has become less voluminous compared to the previous models.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
As I said, the price tag for the third generation of earbuds from Redmi has almost doubled. But you also get earbuds that are not bad in functionality with decent sound.
You can currently get the Redmi AirDots 3 TWS earbuds for $37.59 with a 14% discount. But if you want to buy additional accessories, you will have to pay a few dollars.