After a few months ago launched the first True Wireless Stereo headphones (TWS), Mi AirDots Youth version, it seems that the Chinese manufacturer will be releasing a new pair in the next period, similar to the Apple headset design ( AirPods). Even though they have not been officially announced, they have already appeared on the official website and are available for sale. So, in the near future, we will find them in the offers of Chinese shops.
It is called Mi AirDots Pro, headphones look extremely good, being made of premium quality materials, unlike AirDots, which are entirely made of plastic. They are equipped with tactile buttons to control various functions: to play music, answer calls, or access various voice assistants (Google, Siri, Bixby). Headphones conform to the IPX4 standard, which means they are also waterproof and can be used even in the pool while lounging in the sun floating on the mattress.
The design of the new Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro is very similar to Apple’s AirPods. However, these are in-ear headphones that fit better in the ear and are likely to shield you from the outside. The ANC feature, which suppresses annoying background noise, also helps.
The Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro weighs only 5.8 grams and is designed to last 3 hours in one charge. Once they are empty, they are simply stowed in the supplied case and are fully recharged after 1 hour. The 58 gram case extends the battery life up to 10 hours. Its integrated battery can be recharged via a modern USB-C port.
I come packed with a dock that will allow you to store and load them. They charge in an hour and can provide up to 10 hours of use. The price only for China is $60, but most likely Chinese stores will list prices starting at $90-$100. I already ordered Mi AirDots, I received them today and I will come back with a review after using them. Even after I finish writing this article, I’ll go to the post office to pick them up. I am very anxious to see them in reality!
The sound is pretty good, the bass is a little weaker than what you’d get with traditional Apple EarPods and AirPods, but overall I can’t complain. This version of the AirDots are a little heavier than what you'd expect with Apple or other popular wireless buds out there, but I find swapping out the little in-ear piece for a smaller one helps to keep them in place (with all the extra weight they're more prone to falling out with excessive activity, i.e. jogging) and take more pressure off of my ears. Connecting them to your device is fairly straightforward and quick, and the charging case is magnetized so they don’t fall out when charging. The noise-cancellation feature is solid but I’ve noticed that on a busy street with morning traffic, you can still hear some of it. The touch sensors on the side of each earphone are super sensitive! This works great if your quickly pausing a song or answering a call but can get a bit tricky when adjusting the actual headphone in your ear. Removing them from your ear pauses your music, and you can use one individual ear phone on separate device as well, which is cool. The design of the charging case is larger than what you'd get with Apple or even Xiaomi's regular Air Dots but I don't find it cumbersome in the least while carrying it in my coat pocket. In warmer weather, when I'm in light summery clothes, which lack extra roomy pockets, this might be more of an issue, but for now I'm fine. In terms of the amount of usage you get out of these that's where I have more concern. You can get about 3 hours of consistent listening from these headphones before they need to be recharged in the case. It takes about 15 minutes to fully charge the headphones in the case for another 3 hours of use and you can do this twice before the docking case will need to be recharged as well. It takes about 1.5 hours for the case to fully charged and ready for the day. In total you can get about 10 hours use of the Air Dots with short punctuated charges by the docking case. If you're someone like me who uses them during the morning and evening commute then this should be fine. But if you like to listen to music all day at work or want to take them to travel then you might be a bit let-down. Overall, I’d give the Xiaomi Air Dots Pro a solid 7.8/10