Vivo TWS Neo earphones launched with 14.2mm drivers, aptX Adaptive support, Bluetooth 5.2, and more
Looking at the success of Apple's AirPods, just about everyone wants to get in the TWS headphones game. All significant players such as Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi have it. The latest entrant into the booming TWS audio market is Vivo with its newly-released Vivo TWS Neo earphones. The best part is, a pair will set you back by only CNY 499($70.) Its Airpods-Esque aesthetic is hard to miss, but that seems to be 'industry standard' at this point.
A lot of earbuds usually skimp on key features to keep prices low. Vivo seems to have figured out a way to give its users the best of both worlds. Not only are they compliant with Bluetooth 5.2, but they also support Qualcomm's aptX codec, significantly improving their audio quality. Using the aptX codec does, however, affect the earbuds' battery performance. Vivo says that one can get up to five and a half hours of playback on a regular Bluetooth codec, and about four hours when aptX is enabled. A fully-charged USB-C carrying case bumps that number up to 27 hours.
The Vivo TWS Neo's 14.2mm drivers can be fine-tuned in three configurations: voice-intensive tasks such as phone calls, the other for bass-heavy music, and the third to accentuate high frequencies. Much like the Redmi Airdots, Vivo's earbuds also come with an 88ms low-latency mode. Lastly, the headphones also come with active noise cancellation via two dedicated microphones. Some of the other features include sweat and rain resistance thanks to its IP54 rating and the ability to invoke a virtual assistant with a pre-determined gesture.
Currently, the Vivo TWS Neo is only available for purchase in China. Vivo even offers to custom engrave a pair with an artwork of your choosing, for a price, of course. There appears to be a trade-in program as well. Unfortunately, there is no word about an international release date yet. With the likes of Xiaomi and Realme making their offerings available in more markets, it shouldn't be long before Vivo follows suit. You can find out more about it on Vivo's official website, where it is up for sale.