Realme Buds Q true wireless earbuds have launched in India The earbuds claim to offer up to 20 hours of total playback (with case) and are extremely lightweight. The hearables rest inside a pill-shaped charging case and are offered in three colours. In the true wireless earbuds segment, Realme has so far launched the Realme Buds Air and Realme Buds Air Neo in India. Both the products come with an Apple AirPods-like design. However, the new Realme Buds Q come in an even more compact form, resembling the Galaxy Buds range a little.
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Realme Buds Q – Design, Fit And Comfort
Realme Buds Q are designed by French artist Jose Levy and they sport a cobble-based design that fit comfortably in the ear.who is a designer for Hermes – a luxury brand.The earbuds weigh just 3.6 grams each and are made of PC + ABS polymer composite material. The whole-body weight, including the charger, is as light as 35.3 grams. A single headphone is even lighter than an A4-size paper.
anyway, there’s a micro-USB port on the rear for charging similar to the Earbuds S. Expecting Type-C would be a bit too much for this price range. There’s also a single LED light on the front that glows red if your battery is low or green when it is fully charged. Owing to the way it is designed, opening the lid with your thumb is not possible. The earbuds are slotted nicely inside the case but the magnets are not very strong. They fall out if you shake the case upside down. The same is true for the Earbuds S by the way.
Realme Buds Q – Connectivity And Battery Life
As for connectivity, the Realme Buds Q uses Bluetooth 5.0 and the connection can hold for a distance of 10m. I found that claim to be fairly true in my testing. Also, the connection is just rock solid.
The true wireless earbuds come with a 40mAh battery, and 400mAh battery in charging case. The company claims that the earbuds offer 4.5 hour of playback on a single charge, and a total of 20 hours of playback with charging case. This is equivalent to watching 8 movies or listening to 400 songs. If the average use is 3-hour per day, the Realme Buds Q only needs to be charged once a week, the company claims.
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Realme Buds Q – Sound And Call Quality
There are a couple of immediate specs-based advantages on the Buds Q. You get a larger 10mm driver compared to the 7.2mm unit on the Redmi Earbuds S. Plus you get support for the higher quality AAC codec whereas the Redmi Earbuds S tops out at SBC. Obviously specs don’t mean much if the tuning isn’t good. By default, the Realme Buds Q has a U-shaped sound signature, which you can tell from the frequency curve on the screen.
By default, the bass is boomy to a point where I got super annoyed for the first couple of days that I was testing it. It is not a good kind of bass. The sub-bass, especially, is so unclean and loose that it masks the other frequencies In Tootsie Slide by Drake, the underlying bass thump would eat into Drake’s voice. It came to a point where I just couldn’t listen to them anymore.
Anyway, if you ever get a chance to sample the Earbuds S and the Buds Q side-by-side, I’d suggest listening to Do I Wanna Know by The Arctic Monkeys to know which one actually sounds cleaner and more detailed. Obviously, do that after you have used the equaliser to make the changes to the frequency curve.
As far as calls go, the mic is undoubtedly better on the Realme Buds Q. The person on the other end could hear me better than he could with the Redmi Earbuds S. Moreover, the sound of the person I called was clearer too. Don’t take my word for it, I have a call recording for you guys.
Realme Buds Q – Verdict
Clearly the Realme Buds Q have impressed me a lot. Realme has hit it out of the park with this product. The Buds Q is easily going to be my de-facto ultra budget TWS recommendation. You get a superior battery life, better call quality and a more refined sound quality compared to the Redmi Earbuds S. It is easy to see why this is the better product overall. I just hope they fix the touch controls in the retail version.
Realme Buds Q price in India, sale date
The earbuds will go on sale in three colour options – Quite Black, Quite Yellow, and Quite White – and offered via Amazon India and Realme.com. The first sale for the earbuds will take place at 12pm (noon) on July 1. The earbuds will also be offered via offline stores in the coming weeks.