- The Redmi AirDots S has been launched in China at 99.9 Yuan.
- Redmi has improved the connectivity in the new model with a new pairing mode.
- The AirDots S promises a battery life of up to 12 hours, including the case backup.
There were rumours of a new pair of wireless earbuds from Redmi a couple of weeks ago, hinting at better designs and improved performance. Well, Redmi has announced the rumoured earbuds in China and it indeed brings some improvements over Redmi's AirDots earbuds. It's not the AirDots 2, but Redmi calls it AirDots S. What does the "S" stand for? Improved connectivity, in this case, nothing else.
The Redmi AirDots S carries forward the same design from the original model and it even sells with the same old price tag, 99.9 Yuan to be precise. It even comes in the same black shade as the original model. However, Redmi has changed a couple of things here and there, with the primary one being the connectivity technology. The AirDots S now makes use of a Bluetooth 5.0 chip and Redmi claims that offers a tremendous improvement in connectivity.
The AirDots S ditches the old master-slave style of pairing and now relies on a stronger individual pairing mode. When connected to a device, both the earbuds are connected to the phones. If one of the earbuds is switched off, the other one continues streaming audio from the device. Redmi says the transition from stereo to mono setup is quite seamless. The AirDots S also gets a new low latency mode for gaming sessions.
When it comes to the specifications, it hasn't changed much. The earbuds still use 7.2mm drivers and a DSP for smart noise reduction. Hence, these should still sound the same as before. Similar to most modern earbuds, the AirDots S also supports voice assistants and in order to activate it, one needs to double-tap the button.
Speaking of buttons, since these are budget earbuds, Redmi has stuck to buttons the earbuds for controls. A single tap can play or pause music playback as well as receive calls. Weirdly, in order to cancel or reject a call, one needs to press and hold the button for a second.
AirDots S also carry on with unchanged battery life figures. Similar to the older model, the earbuds can work continuously for up to four hours on a single charge and the case adds a total of 12 hours of life.
As of now, the AirDots S are only listed in China and it remains to be seen whether Xiaomi brings these to our markets. Given that Poco has already confirmed working on new earbuds, it seems that the AirDots S could be rebranded as a Poco product for the Indian market.