Xiaomi outs true wireless AirDots - named like AirPods, but with Bluetooth 5.0

Xiaomi outs true wireless AirDots - named like AirPods, but with Bluetooth 5.0
Xiaomi's first foray into the true wireless earbuds industry may have a name made to sound like AirPods for a reason. The company just scheduled a New York event yesterday, with "notable celebrities" and promises to showcase its latest and greatest products. If this sounds like the long-promised attempt to officially enter the US market with more than a direct-sale accessory site, it's because that might be it.

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.

Xiaomi outs true wireless AirDots - named like AirPods, but with Bluetooth 5.0
Xiaomi also made the AirDots button-less by providing a touch panel on the exterior surface to control volume, answer calls, or mute them in the middle of the conversation by tapping on the buds twice, for instance. There is also a virtual assistant available to answer your questions but only if the Dots are paired with a Xiaomi smartphone, it seems. Said pairing is automatic once you remove them from the charging/carry box, too, as long as you've gone through the initial pairing process. Last but not least, "special 7.2mm three magnetic coils" chamber is supposed to take care of the deeper lows for an improved audio experience.

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.

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12 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1625; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

they look so much better than airpods but airpods have really good connectivity and is seamless with the apple products.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It looks fit nicely on that male ears, but not much on female ears (based on promotional image above).

2. surethom

Posts: 1560; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Another bullet in ear canal style wireless ear phones :(

4. _deeuk

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

They look ugly in the ear. No style at all

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3767; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Are there any that look good?

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

In comparison to what? Do tell me how the airpods hanging out of your ear and alert surrounding people to the fact you'll be hard of hearing is any better?

5. TechNeck

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

A letter shy...?

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

2 letters actually. P and D

7. dmdzordilla

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Keeps mentioning Apple for that unpatented use of Air word

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It doesn't take a genius to figure out Airdots sound like Airpods. You aren't that genius.

11. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Hope they come in black too. I hate that my AirPods are white and stick so much

12. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Xiaomi likes copying Apple a lot...

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