[Exclusive] Realme Buds Air Neo design, battery life, and more features revealed

  • Realme Buds Air Neo will lack wireless charging and USB Type-C port
  • The new earphones will offer up to 17 hours of battery life
  • The Buds Air Neo are expected to be the company’s affordable TWS earphones

It’s all but confirmed that Realme is working on a pair of new truly wireless (TWS) earphones, called Realme Buds Air Neo. The earphones are expected to be the affordable version of the original Realme Buds Air (review) and have been spotted on a couple of certification websites. Now, 91mobiles has received renders of the Realme Buds Air Neo earphones and its retail box, along with the details of their hardware and features, from a trusted source. The images reveal the earbuds’ design will be similar to the original Buds Air and akin to the one seen with NCC listing from January. And the specifications we have learnt clearly point to the Realme Buds Air Neo being an affordable version of the Buds Air.

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Realme Buds Air Neo design and specifications

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As seen from the images, the Realme Buds Air Neo will share most of the design cues from predecessor Realme Buds Air. The pair will have the same Apple AirPods-like earbuds with a long stem and a pill-shaped charging case that touts the pairing button and LED light for charging status. The retail box of the Realme Buds Air Neo also seems to be inspired by the standard Buds Air. We can also see the micro-USB port at the bottom, which is probably used to keep the costs low. Additionally, it seems the earbuds have a cut-out for an air hole on the top for equalising pressure, among other things.

Realme Buds Air Neo specifications
  • 17-hour battery life
  • R1 chip
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 13mm speakers
  • 51 percent reduction in latency when Realme Game Mode is on
  • No wireless charging
  • Micro-USB port 

On the specifications front, our source says the upcoming budget Realme earbuds will be powered by the R1 chip with Bluetooth 5.0 support. Notably, these earphones will use an optical sensor to determine the position of the ears and feature 13mm speakers. Similar to the Realme Buds Air, the Neo variant will also feature support for Realme’s Game Mode that will reduce latency by 51 percent to improve the audio experience.

The Realme Buds Air Neo are also getting rid of the wireless charging feature that we saw on the Buds Air, likely to keep costs on the lower side. This will be in addition to the removal of the Type-C port in favour of the micro-USB port.

As of now, Realme hasn’t confirmed when the Buds Air Neo will go official, and the markets in which they will be available. Separately, it’s believed that the company is also working on an Apple AirPods Pro-lookalike; the pair will reportedly be dubbed as the Realme Buds Air Pro.