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. According to Counterpoint Research, the TWS industry has seen a massive growth of 68% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2021. Now that most of the OEMs have entered into the TWS category, it’s a win for the consumers as they now 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 have a comfortable fit so that it 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. Nothing ear (1) – Best Designed TWS
  3. OnePlus Buds Pro – Best Bass
  4. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 – Best Sound and Value
  5. Apple AirPods Pro – Best ANC and Best for iPhone Users
  6. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro – Made for Audiophiles

Realme Buds Air 2 

Realme has partnered with Chainsmokers for the Realme Buds Air 2. It is the most affordable TWS earbuds that offer Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). It comes with a 10mm Diamond-class Hi-Fi Driver claimed 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 playback on a single charge on earbuds. The Realme Buds Air 2 can be charged through Type C port and it offers 2 hours of playback in just 10 minutes charging.

It 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 Amazon, Flipkart, Realme Store, Reliance Digital and Croma Stores.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Unique design Volume controls missing on the earbuds
Good battery life Imaging could have been better

 

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 first of its kind. The earbuds pack an 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 the 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 get upto 5.7 hours of battery life in a single charge on earbuds and upto 34 hours of battery life with case. With the ANC enabled, you get battery life of upto 24 hours. With just 10 minutes of charging, the earbuds can last upto 6 hours ANC and 8 hours without ANC. Also, Nothing Ear (1) supports wireless charging. 

Read our review: Nothing Ear 1 Review – the Beginning of Something Interesting and Fresh

Price in India

The Nothing Ear (1) is available for Rs 5,999 and is available only in transparent design.

Availability

The Nothing Ear (1) is available on Flipkart only.

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 – Bass So Good, it Makes Me Weep

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 will go on sale from August 26 and will be available on Amazon and OnePlus store.

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 of 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 is claimed 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. 

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

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 will be available on sale on Samsung store, Amazon website and leading offline stores from September 10. Users can pre-order the Galaxy Buds 2 from August 30.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Strong audio performance More expensive than better rivals
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 feature active noise cancellation, inward-facing microphones, motion detection and speech-detection accelerometer, and force sensors that the AirPods lack. The AirPods Pro have 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 from Rs 20,990 and it is available in only one White colour.

Availability

The Apple 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 which are capable of monitoring inside and outside noise in realtime 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 off, and 5 hours with the ANC 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 – Shut Up and Take My Money

Price in India

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is available for Rs 14,500. It is available in three different colours: Black, Silver and Violet.

Availability

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

Pros and Cons

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

 

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