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Xiaomi Mi AirDots 2 SE launched as cheaper wireless earbuds, promises five hours of battery

The Mi AirDots 2 SE comes as a cheaper version of Mi AirDots 2 in China. It features noise cancellation, touch controls and more.

twitter-logoAmritanshu Mukherjee | May 14, 2020 | Updated 19:00 IST


  • The Mi AirDots 2 SE has been announced in China at a price of approx Rs 1,800.
  • Xiaomi offers up to 20 hours of battery life with the cheaper model too.
  • Xiaomi launched the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in India last week.

It took OEMs four years to replicate what Apple managed to do for earphones in 2016 with its AirPods. Realme managed to sell a clone at a much cheaper price of Rs 3,999 and soon, others followed. Xiaomi announced its true wireless earbuds last week starting at a price of Rs 4,500 while Oppo announced its Enco W31 at Rs 3,999. And that's not all as more of them are heading our way. The recent one in the group is the Mi AirDots 2 SE, which has just been announced in China.

As the name suggests, the Mi AirDots 2 SE is a more affordable version of the Mi AirDots 2. You can get it at a price of Yuan 169 (approximately Rs 1,800) and currently come only in a White colour variant. While the earbuds are much cheaper than the recently announced Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, the specifications sheet suggests it is almost on par when it comes to features.

Similar to the ones launched in India, the SE features 14.2mm drivers and accompanies a dual-microphone system for noise cancellation. The earbuds rely on Bluetooth 5.0 for connection. Similar to most earbuds these days, it has infrared sensors for wear detection. If you were wondering, the AirDots 2 SE also features touch-based controls wherein users can control both music playback and volume levels using touch gestures.

Battery life is limited to five hours for the earbuds and if you factor in the backup from the case, it goes up to 20 hours on a single top-up. One can charge the case via a USB-C port and Xiaomi says it takes 1.5 hours to charge.

Is there any difference between this and the normal version? Well, the Mi AirDots 2 SE only supports AAC, skipping on the LHDC Hi-Res codec. Hence, it does not guarantee the best audio experience, unlike its more expensive versions.

The AirDots 2 SE is currently limited to the Chinese market only but Xiaomi just announced the standard model in India. Priced at Rs 4,500, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 is not the cheapest but Xiaomi promises good audio quality, similar 20 hours of battery life, and touch gestures.

If you prefer to stick to the neckband style earphones, then you can consider the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z, which are priced at Rs 1,999 and have just gone on sale.

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