One company that has been steadily growing its position in the nation’s IoT market is Xiaomi. TWS is a crucial component of this segment, and while the company has seen success in the audio industry, its TWS buds offering has not been successful in the market. Redmi has unveiled a new set of TWS earbuds dubbed the Redmi Buds 3 Lite at a very low cost to alter that.
The Redmi Buds 3 Lite, which retail for INR 1,999 but are sometimes on sale for INR 1,599, promise to deliver deeper bass, a great build, and longer battery life in a compact design. These have every feature and component you’d want in a pair of TWS for the price. So, should these be your new TWS buds? Let’s find out in our in-depth review.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite Features
Here are some essential specifications and features of the device.
- Bluetooth Version – 5.2
- Drivers – 6mm Drivers
- Controls – Touch Controls
- Earbud Weight – 4g
- Claimed Battery Life – Up to 6 Hours/ Up to 18 hours with the case
- Number of Microphones – dual mics
- Rating – IP54
- Redmi Buds 3 Lite TWS
- Quick Start Guide
- Ear Hooks (S/M/L)
- Ear Tips (S/M/L)
- USB-C charging cable
The Redmi Buds 3 Lite tws case offers a classic pebble style and rounded corners. These come with only one Black color choice and are relatively tiny. The charging case’s matte surface deflects scuffs and fingerprints. While the case is charging, an LED glows white upfront. The USB Type-C charging port and the Redmi logo are both located on the rear.
Opening the case reveals the buds. . But first, let’s take a moment to admire how well-made the case’s lid is before moving on to the buds. The buds have a matte finish similar to the case, whereas, for the touch area, the company has opted for a glossy finish which is a fingerprint magnate. The white LED on the earbuds indicates the charge and connection status. The silicon tips and silicon ear hooks are provided for a snug fit since these feature an in-ear design.
Connectivity & Pairing
The Redmi Buds 3 Lite are simple and quick to pair using Bluetooth 5.2. Simply take the earbuds out of the case, and the lights will flicker to indicate pairing mode. Activate the Bluetooth option on your device, choose the “Redmi Buds 3 Lite,” and establish a connection. These lack the Google Fast Pair option which is understandable considering the price.
The touch controls are simple to use and react to touches quite well. When you take the earphones out of the case, they turn on. Simply putting the buds inside the case will turn them off. It automatically shuts down to conserve power after 10 minutes of no connections to any devices.
Moving on to the controls, you must double-tap one of the earbuds to accept a call and triple-tap it to reject it. A triple tap will activate the voice assistant, while a push and hold will engage the play/pause function. The buds also have a low latency mode that is activated by simultaneously pressing and holding both of them.
The 6mm dynamic speakers on the Redmi Bus 3 Lite can handle high and mid frequencies nicely and do have a little amount of punch. The bass is neither overpowering nor strong, which is pretty typical for TWS earbuds in this price range. These don’t have any app controls, so you can’t use an EQ to change the sound signature or activate a bass boost mode, which could have improved the experience.
These are loud enough given their size. Because they fit snugly with ear tips and hooks, they provide sound isolation. The only codec available is SBC, which may have been paired with AAC. SBC’s limited bandwidth capacity and standard 100ms latency are problems. Redmi has included a specific low-latency mode to combat this, bringing the latency below 100ms, however, the precise value is uncertain and may be as low as 96ms.
In terms of call quality, the Buds 3 Lite’s dual microphones are generally adequate, although occasionally they have trouble picking up your voice properly during conversations, especially in a busy or noisy setting. This is very common in most TWS buds in this price category since mics don’t pick up the voice clearly or might be lacking features like ENC, AI Noise Cancellation, and more.
A 36mAh battery within the Buds 3 Lite claims to deliver around 6 hours of stand-alone use. With the volume at 50%, we typically got roughly 5 hours of battery life during our testing time. Although the earbuds come with the capability for quick charging, which promises 100 minutes of music listening with just 10 minutes of charge, it takes more than an hour and a half to completely charge them. The case provides additional 18 hours of use and takes 2 hours to fully top up.
Verdict: Should You Buy Them?
If you’re searching for budget-friendly true wireless earbuds from a reputable brand, the Redmi Buds 3 Lite are a solid option for INR 1,999. These feature a pleasant overall experience, decent audio quality, a respectable battery life, and are also rather compact. However, the company could have provided an AAC codec and a companion app with personalised EQ settings like Bass boost mode and programmable controls. to further enhance the experience.