Xiaomi outs true wireless AirDots - named like AirPods, but with Bluetooth 5.0
Just in time, Xiaomi outs the so-called AirDots. They might be just a letter shy of the full AirPods title, and with a white charging case, but cost $30 for the pair, at least in China, and are one of the first on the market to come with Bluetooth 5.0. The latest installment of the venerable wireless standard promises fewer connectivity drops, way better syncing, and battery life improvements.
Needless to say, at this price, which will likely translate to $50 if these arrive stateside, more than a few tradeoffs can be expected. First off, the AirDots will last up to four hours on a charge, instead of Apple's AirPods six hours. If you listen with only one of the buds, the promised battery life is up to five hours. They can be recharged three times with the built-in battery in the case, and that's where the "up to 12 hours listening" blurb during travels comes from.
Second, there are no noise-cancellation promises and Xiaomi doesn't list any water-tight certification for its first true wireless earphones. As far as fit and finish, we'd have to get our hands on a pair. Xiaomi is known for offering good value for money, and we hope this will translate to its affordable AirDots with Bluetooth 5.0, cringy name notwithstanding.