Best True Wireless Earbuds in 2021: Nothing ear (1), OnePlus Buds Pro, Realme Buds Air 2, More

Here's the list of best earbuds you can buy in India in 2021.

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best true wireless earbuds in 2021

True Wireless Earbuds is one of the most popular mobile accessories categories in India.  Most smartphone makers have entered the wireless earbuds category. It’s ultimately a win for consumers as they have various options to choose from. While choosing the best pair of earbuds, you must keep in mind that it should have Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), good battery life and balanced audio quality. Other than this, the TWS earbuds should be comfortable to wear so that they doesn’t fall when you use them during your workout or even during walking. We have listed some of the best pairs of earbuds, here are the best TWS earbuds you can buy in 2021:

List of Best True Wireless Earbuds in 2021

  1. Realme Buds Air 2 – Best Budget ANC TWS
  2. Google Pixel Buds A-Series
  3. Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro
  4. Nothing ear (1) – Best Designed TWS
  5. OnePlus Buds Pro – Best Bass
  6. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 – Best Sound and Value
  7. Apple AirPods Pro – Best ANC and Best for iPhone Users
  8. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro – Made for Audiophiles

Realme Buds Air 2 

Realme has partnered with Chainsmokers for Realme Buds Air 2. One of the most affordable TWS earbuds that offer Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). They come with a 10mm Diamond-class Hi-Fi Driver that claims to offer excellent audio quality. There is also a bass boost+ mode for enhanced bass. For gaming, the Buds Air 2 has a low latency of 88ms in game mode. 

The Realme Buds Air 2 offers a total battery life of 25 hours on a single charge (case included). You can get a total of 5 hours of playback on a single charge. The Realme Buds Air 2 can be charged through the Type C port and offers 2 hours of playback in just 10 minutes of charging.

The buds comes with features like auto-pair connection, smart wear detection, and IPX5 rating. You can control it through touch such as double-tap to play/pause or answer calls, triple tap to play the next track. You can also long-press the two earbuds to activate ANC or transparency mode. You can also customize the Buds Air 2 through the Realme Link app.

Read our review: Realme Buds Air 2 Review – I Like it More Than the Realme Buds Air Pro

Price in India

The Realme Buds Air 2 is available for Rs 3,299. It is available in two different colour options: Closer White and Closer Black

Availability

The Realme Buds Air 2 is available on Mi.com and Amazon.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Great ANC for price Companion app missing
Brilliant battery life Not very comfortable to wear for long hours

Google Pixel Buds A-Series

Pixel Buds A Series

If AirPods are the perfect pair-up for iPhones, then Pixel Buds are the perfect pair-up for Android phones. The wireless buds are deeply integrated with the Google assistant. If you are habitual of the hands-free experience, then the Google Pixel Buds are perfect for you. Under the hood, the Google Pixel buds come with 12mm dynamic drivers and in-ear detection sensors. The headphones use Bluetooth 5 and are IPX4 rated for water and sweat resistance. The wireless earbuds come with 5 hours of battery on a single charge and 24 hours of battery with the charging case. There is passive noise reduction, but active noise cancellation is missing. On top of that, the case doesn’t support wireless charging.

Price in India

The Google Pixel Buds A-Series is available for Rs 9,999. It is available in two different colour options: Clearly White and Dark Olive.

Availability

The Google Pixel Buds A-Series is available on Flipkart and a few other online retail stores.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Google Assistant integration No wireless charging on the case
Great sound quality A bit overpriced

Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro

If you are truly looking for a budget TWS with active noise cancellation then Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is worth considering. Considering the price, the ANC on the Redmi Earbuds 3 is excellent. There is also a transparency mode to allow the surrounding noise to come in without you having to remove the buds. Under the hood, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro feature 9mm dynamic drivers and three microphones on each bud to deliver great sound and call quality. There is Bluetooth 5.2, in-ear detection and IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance. As for the battery, you get 7 hours of battery on a single charge and 30 hours of battery with the case (without ANC). One big catch with the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is that the companion app is unavailable for users outside China. Although Xiaomi phone users get some control over the TWS features, non-Xiaomi users are completely out of luck.

Read our review: Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro Review & Comparison vs Realme Buds Air 2

Price in India

The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is available for Rs 2,999. It is available in three different colour options: Blue, Pink and White.

Availability

The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is available on Mi.com and Amazon.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Google Assistant integration No wireless charging on the case
Great sound quality A bit overpriced

Nothing Ear (1)

Carl Pei’s startup Nothing launched its first product as a TWS earbuds called Nothing Ear (1). The product gained a lot of hype from the media and consumers and got a positive response from the reviewers as well. Nothing Ear (1) features a transparent design which is the first of its kind. The earbuds pack a 11.6mm driver, claiming to offer balanced bass, mid, and treble performance. The earbuds are sweat and water splash resistant. The earbuds feature ANC support, which uses three in-built HD mics to cancel out outside noise. It also comes with two kinds of ANC modes called Light and Maximum.

The Nothing Ear (1) gestures and controls can be customised via the Ear 1 app. It also has features such as Find My Earbud, EQ, in-ear detection, fast pairing, etc. 

The battery capacity of Ear (1) is 31 mAh, and the case is 570 mAh. You can get up to 5.7 hours of battery life on a single charge and up to 34 hours of battery life with the case. With the ANC enabled, you can get a battery life of up to 24 hours. With just 10 minutes of charging, the earbuds can last up to 6 hours with ANC and 8 hours without ANC. Also, Nothing Ear (1) supports wireless charging. 

Read our review: Nothing Ear 1 Review

Price in India

The Nothing Ear (1) is available for Rs 5,999 and comes in Black and White color options.

Availability

The Nothing Ear (1) is available on Flipkart.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Great app support Decent battery life
One of the best ANC performances under 10k Average build of the case

OnePlus Buds Pro

OnePlus Buds Pro is the latest premium offering from the company in India. If you are someone who loves bass, the Buds Pro is the perfect choice for you. The earbuds stick to a stem design and come with silicone ear tips. The Buds Pro comes with a Smart Adaptive Noise Cancellation feature (ANC) that reduces outside noise by 40dB. The earbuds also use the inbuilt three mics to enhance the user’s voice during calls while keeping ambient noise at bay. The OnePlus Buds Pro offers a “precisely boosted” sound profile through its 11mm driver. 

You get 5 hours of battery life with ANC and up to 7 hours worth of juice without ANC. The charging case offers an additional 31 hours of battery life. You can charge the Buds Pro using Warp charging tech to get 10 hours of battery life within a 10-minute charge. It also supports Qi-wireless charging. 

The OnePlus Buds Pro also has features like support for the OnePlus Audio ID, Bluetooth 5.2, IPX5 rating for splash and dust resistance, etc. You can download the HeyMelody app to connect the earbuds on non-OnePlus phones.

Read our review: OnePlus Buds Pro Review

Price in India

The OnePlus Buds Pro is available for Rs 9,990 and can be bought in two different colours: Matter Black and Glossy White.

Availability

The OnePlus Buds Pro is available to buy from the OnePlus official store, Amazon and Reliance Digital.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Best Bass on a pair of TWS Average build of the case
Fast charging

Samsung Galaxy Buds2

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 is the latest offering from Samsung and is the successor to the Galaxy Buds. The company launched the Galaxy Buds 2 along with the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 at the Unpacked event.

The Galaxy Buds2 features a uniform glossy texture with an in-ear design. It comes with dynamic 2-way speakers that are claimed to deliver crisp, clear high notes and bass. The buds support Active Noise Cancellation that cuts out 98% of the outside noise. Samsung’s new earbuds also support three different levels of Ambient sound and use machine learning and three mics to offer a better calling experience. 

The charging case has a dual-tone finish, with the inside of the case sporting the shade of the earbuds. The Galaxy Buds2 claims to offer up to five hours of juice on a single charge with ANC on. The charging case offers an additional 15 hours worth of battery life. You can pair the Galaxy Buds2 with the Galaxy Buds app to customise settings and install firmware updates. 

Read our review: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Review 

Price in India

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 is available for Rs 11,999 in India. It is available in 4 different colours: White, Graphite, Olive and Lavender. 

Availability

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 are available on Samsung store, Amazon, Flipkart and the leading offline stores.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Strong audio performance More expensive than the Galaxy Buds Pro
Quality active noise cancellation

No improvements to battery life

Apple Airpods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro comes as an advanced variant to the second-generation AirPods. The new pair of earbuds have an in-ear canal design compared to the in-ear design of its more affordable sibling. The AirPods Pro also features active noise cancellation, inward-facing microphones, motion detection and speech-detection accelerometer, and force sensors that the AirPods lack. The AirPods Pro has a custom-designed high-excursion Apple driver in each earbud. A custom-designed high dynamic range amplifier accompanies it. 

The AirPods Pro features two microphones on each earbud for taking calls and interacting with a virtual assistant. The AirPods Pro uses the Apple H1 chipset. You get 5 hours playback on a single charge without Active Noise Cancellation and 4.5 hours of battery life with ANC on. The case holds an additional 24 hours of battery backup. The AirPods Pro features a lightning port for charging and also features Qi wireless charging.

Price in India

The Apple Airpods Pro starts in India at Rs 24,900 and is available in only one white colour.

Availability

Airpods Pro is available on Amazon, Flipkart, Apple store and through various retailers.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Strong audio performance More expensive than better rivals
Quality active noise cancellation No improvements to battery life

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is the most premium earbuds from Samsung in India. The Galaxy Buds Pro is a perfect match for audiophiles. The Galaxy Buds Pro comes with Active Noise Cancellation and filters out 99% of outside noise. It also comes with multiple microphones that are capable of monitoring inside and outside noise in real-time and react accordingly. You can also connect it through two Galaxy devices via the Auto Switch feature. It comes with 360 Audio with Head Tracking technology for a spatial audio experience which is limited to Galaxy devices only.

The Galaxy Buds Pro offers a battery life of up to 8 hours with Active Noise Cancellation turned off and 5 hours with the ANC turned on. The charging case provides a battery life of up to 28 hours without ANC and 18 hours with ANC. It also comes with fast Type-C charging support and Qi wireless charging support as well. 

Read our review: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review

Price in India

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is available for Rs 7,990. It is available in three different colours: Black, Silver and Violet.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is available on Amazon, Flipkart and Samsung stores.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Phenomenal sound quality Average ANC
Great mics Limited iOS support

 

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