Redmi launches its new US$14 AirDots S TWS buds featuring a low-latency mode for gamers
Xiaomi all but opened up the market for cheap Chinese TWS earbuds with the Mi AirDots and followed it up with the cheaper Redmi AirDots. The company is back with a new entry to its TWS lineup, in the form of the new Redmi AirDots S.
The new Redmi AirDots S appears to be a minor refresh of the first-gen offering. It offer 7.2mm drivers, DSP noise-canceling for better call quality. It's touted to have better audio output but that is likely down to tuning than anything, as the hardware seems to be the same as the old AirDots'.
Battery life is rated at 4 hours, which is about average in the segment. The charging case extends that time to twelve hours—implying that it charges the buds thrice. You won't be able to dunk this in water, though, as they're just splash resistant with an official IPX4 rating.
The touch controls from the original Redmi AirDots make an appearance here: double-tap to open the smart assistant, and triple tap to enter the new game mode. Game mode supposedly offers lower latency for those that choose to use the buds for gaming purposes. We expect this mode to also cause reduced battery life.
The Redmi AirDots S carries a CNY 99 price tag. That translates into US$14 USD, which makes it, perhaps, the cheapest TWS buds from a recognized brand.