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Realme Buds Q India launch soon: Should you buy them over Buds Air Neo?

The Realme Buds Q earbuds were launched in China last month when the company set out to unveil as many as eight products.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | June 15, 2020 | Updated 10:41 IST


  • Realme Buds Q TWS earbuds are confirmed to launch in India soon.
  • They have been confirmed to cost below Rs 2,000 in India.
  • Realme Buds Q will sit below Buds Air and Buds Air Neo.

Realme Buds Q truly wireless earbuds have been confirmed to launch in India soon. In a post on Twitter, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth teased that the latest TWS earbuds will arrive in the Indian market soon. The teaser comes close on the heels of the previous confirmation made by Realme India marketing chief Francis Wang. Wang said the Realme Buds Q will be priced under Rs 2,000. When launched, the Realme Buds Q will sit below the Realme Buds Air Neo and Buds Air in India.

So what is all this hype about? Should you wait out for Realme Buds Q or go for the Buds Air/Buds Air Neo?

Before we answer that, consider a few things about the Realme Buds Q. The Realme Buds Q earbuds were launched alongside the X50 Pro Player Edition at the China launch, where a total of eight products debuted. Unlike the Realme Buds Air and Realme Buds Air Neo, the Realme Buds Q are more pocket-friendly and bear a completely different design, which has been imparted by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, who has also given the final touch to the design of some Realme smartphones.

The Realme Buds Q earbuds were launched in China for a price of CNY 129, which translates to roughly Rs 1,400. However, the India pricing is teased to be under Rs 2,000, which, per our guess, will still be more than the direct currency translation. The Realme Buds Q could launch for Rs 1,999, Rs 1,899, or below that. But the pricing is highly likely to be higher than Rs 1,400.

It is already known the Realme Buds Q earbuds are coming to India but what is not known is the exact timeline of the launch. Again, if we were to take a guess, the Realme Buds Q could launch alongside the Realme X3 SuperZoom. Previously confirmed, the Realme X3 SuperZoom is rumoured to launch in India on June 26, which could also be when the Buds Q arrive. The teasers posted so far align with the tentative timeline of the launch of both Realme X3 SuperZoom and Realme Buds Q.

If you are also waiting out for the Realme Buds Q to launch because the existing Buds Air Neo or Buds Air are out of the budget you want to spend, you should know that while the pricing of Realme Buds Q is low, its overall features also might be. The Realme Buds Air and Buds Air Neo could be marginally pricier than the Realme Buds Q, because they have more features than what the Realme Buds Q have. For example, the Realme Buds Air come with optical sensor, which detects if the earbuds are in use or not. Both Realme Buds Q and Realme Buds Air Neo miss out on this feature.

What I am trying to say is Realme Buds Q will definitely be cheaper, but you will have to factor in the fewer features you will get. If you want to listen to music and take some calls without having to worry about the nuances, Buds Q could be for you. If you are eyeing them, wait for a few more days before they arrive in the markets.

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