Realme today unveiled the Narzo 30 series smartphones and alongside these the company presented the Buds Air 2 TWS earphones – the successors to the Buds Air launched in December 2019.
The Realme Buds Air 2 looks like the Buds Air Pro and features a two-tone color splice design. They’re powered by the custom R2 chip, which Realme says offers 80% increased battery life and reduced latency by 35% compared to its predecessor.
Realme Buds Air 2 are lightweight and come with an upgraded chip
The Buds Air 2 contains a 10mm driver in each bud with a Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating on the diaphragm, which delivers richer bass, clearer sound, and better frequency response than a diaphragm traditional.
With the Buds Air 2, Realme has introduced a new Bass Boost + mode, developed in collaboration with EDM duo The Chainsmokers. In addition, Realme has also added two new presets to the Realme Link app – Dynamic and Bright. The former balances bass, treble, and mid-range sounds, while the latter enhances the human voice, making it ideal for listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
Realme teamed up with The Chainsmokers to tune Buds Air 2
That said, one of the biggest strengths of Buds Air 2 is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which was not present on the first generation Buds Air. The ANC on the Buds Air 2 can reduce noise by up to 25dB and is able to filter out most low-frequency sounds, including the rumble of airplanes and noise from household appliances.
Additionally, the Buds Air 2 comes with the Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) feature, which uses two microphones on both earphones for clearer calls.
ANC is one of the biggest strengths of Realme Buds Air 2
The Buds Air 2 supports touch controls, features smart wear detection, and comes with Bluetooth 5.2 and two-channel transmission. They also come with an enhanced game mode offering 88ms latency, which is a significant upgrade from Buds Air’s 120ms latency and the lowest currently among Realme’s wireless headphones.
Buds Air 2 have the lowest latency among current Realme wireless headphones
Realme didn’t reveal the size of the batteries inside the earbuds and charging case, but the company says the earbuds provide five hours of playtime on a single charge, and when paired with the charging case, you get a total of 25 hours of playback with ANC off and 22.5 hours with ANC on.
As battery endurance increased, Realme ditched the wireless charging we saw on the original Air Buds. That’s no surprise though, as the Buds Air Pro – the company’s flagship TWS earphones – don’t have it either. However, the Buds Air 2 does support fast charging, allowing you to get two hours of playtime with a 10 minute fast charge. A full charge takes two hours.
The Realme Buds Air 2 are IPX5 certified and have two color options: Closer Black and Closer White. At INR 3,299 ($ 45 / € 37), they’re priced below Buds Air (INR 3,999) and will go on sale in India from March 2 through Realme.com, Flipkart and major stores across the country.
Realme Buds Air 2 is available in two colors