Looking for the best affordable TWS earphones at a budget? Here are a handful of options from popular brands that promise a balanced mix of battery life and sound.
True Wireless (TWS) earphones have become a trend over the last couple years, and it looks they are not going away any time soon. Soon after Apple introduced first-gen AirPods back in 2016, Android phonemakers as well as popular audio brands joined the truly wireless earbuds bandwagon and have kept the trend going, giving rise to a new term/ category — hearables. And these TWS earphones have been received quite well in the market. Just last year, the shipments of the earphones grew over 700 percent in India alone. Owing to the increase in competition, the TWS earphones are now easily found in the affordable segment as well. You no longer have to spend over Rs 10,000 to own a good pair of truly wireless earphones; in fact, you get can a decent pair for less than Rs 5,000! Here we’ll be looking at the best affordable TWS earphones from popular brands available in the market right now.
1. Realme Buds Air
The Realme Buds Air are the Apple AirPods look-alike TWS earbuds from popular phomemaker Realme. The earphones tout in-ear design with a long stem and a compact charging case that supports both wired (over Type-C) and wireless charging. The Realme Buds Air also features dynamic bass boost drivers, touch controls, smart pairing, and wear detection that automatically pauses the music when they’re removed and resumes when you put them back on ears.
The earphones are rated to last up to 4 hours, with the case holding the juice for the next 17 hours on a single charge. Other key highlights include IPX2 sweatproof rated, Bluetooth v5.2, custom R1 chip, 12mm Mater Tuned drivers, gaming mode, and dual-mic noise cancellation to filter ambient noise during voice calls.
The Realme Buds Air price in India is Rs 3,999.
2. Realme Buds Air Neo
Realme Buds Air Neo are the stripped-down version of Realme Buds Air, priced in India at Rs 2,999. The pair feature the same stem-design, dynamic bass boost solution, and R1 chip as its elder sibling. However, the Buds Air Neo’s battery life is lower at 17 hours, compared to the 21 hours offered by the Buds Air. Also, the charging port on the Neo’s case is a micro-USB instead of Type-C. There is no wireless charging on the case either.
Coming to the rest of the key specifications, the Realme Buds Air Neo sports 13mm drivers instead of 12mm, Bluetooth v5.0, and latency rate of 119.2ms when using a super low latency mode. The rest of the features remain the same as Realme Buds Air.
3. Mi True Wireless earphones 2
Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 are the affordable TWS earphones from the house of Xiaomi. The earbuds also come with long-stem, but the design is slightly different from that of Apple AirPods and Realme Buds Air. The Mi earphones are claimed to offer distortion-free audio and seamless connectivity, especially with MIUI 11-powered devices. In addition to that, the pair offers up to 14 hours of playback time, 14.2mm drivers, and environment noise cancellation.
Like Realme earphones, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 also have smart in-ear detection that automatically pauses the music when you take them off the ear. They even tout touch controls, low latency high-definition audio codec (LHDC), and “HD audio quality”. The earphones’ price in India is set at Rs 3,999.
4. Redmi Earbuds S
The Redmi Earbuds S have been priced in India at just Rs 1,799. The affordable earphones from popular brand Xiaomi ship with a pod-shaped design and a tiny charging case. They are said to deliver a bass-heavy sound and feature IPX4 rating for sweat resistance. The Redmi Earbuds S are claimed to offer 12 hours of battery life with the charging case. Each earbud houses a 43mAh battery that delivers 4 hours of playback on a single charge.
As for the specifications, the Redmi Earbuds S have low latency mode and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. There is a multi-functional button to change tracks, play/pause music and more.
5. OPPO Enco W31
OPPO Enco W31 is a pair of affordable TWS earphones coming from popular brand OPPO. The earphones were launched in India earlier this year as a more affordable variant of the OPPO Enco Free earbuds. The OPPO Enco W31 truly wireless earbuds tout in-ear design with silicone ear tips and a circular charging case that houses a 410mAh battery. OPPO claims that the earphones offer a battery life of up to 25 hours on a single charge.
Apart from that, the earphones feature dual composite polyurethanes and graphene diaphragms that are claimed to improve frequency responses. The OPPO Enco W31 also arrive with binaural low-latency Bluetooth transmission, water and dust rating, and anti-wind noise chambers along with a high-sensitivity microphone and environmental noise cancellation algorithm to block external noises during voice calls.
The OPPO Enco W31 earphones have been priced in India at Rs 3,999.
6. JBL C100TWS
JBL is a well-known brand in the audio sector and offers the C100TWS earbuds in India under Rs 5,000. Though JBL C100TWS were launched in India with a price tag of Rs 7,999, they’re selling on Flipkart at just Rs 3,999 nowadays. They come with 17 hours of playback time, one-click access to Siri and Google Assistant for hands-free control, touch controls, and fast wired charging support. The pair rests comfortably on the user’s ear and sports 5.88mm sound driver that is said to provide “good bass and loud sound experience.”
7. Blaupunkt BTW01
Blaupunkt BTW01 are selling in India just under Rs 5,000 on Amazon.in. The affordable TWS earphones from popular brand Blaupunkt are touted to offer superior sound quality and experience. The Blaupunkt BTW01 offer battery life of up to six hours, and with the compact charging case, the backup is for more than 18 hours with one charge.
The earbuds are IP-X5 rated for sweat- and splash-resistance and feature touch controls, in-ear design, Bluetooth v5.0, and AI assistant support for a hands-free experience.
8. Noise Shots X5 Charge
Noise Shots X5 Charge is a pair of affordable TWS earphones from experienced audio brand Noise. The biggest USP of the earphones is battery life. The Noise Shots X5 Charge is rated to offer up to 5 hours of playback time, which you can extend to up to 50 hours using its hefty charging case that houses an impressive 2,200mAh battery. The case also doubles up as a power bank to juice up your smartphone.
As for the specifications, the Shots X5 Charge feature Bluetooth v5.0 and are IPX5 sweatproof and splash-resistant certified. The earphones are compatible with both iOS and Android devices, support touch controls, and feature voice assistants for hands-free control. Talking about audio, the pair is said to deliver a balanced sound signature and clear distortion-free sound. The Noise Shots X5 Charge earphones are selling on Amazon.in at Rs 4,799.
9. Portronics POR-078 Harmonic Twins
Portronics POR-078 Harmonic Twins is another pair of reliable affordable TWS earphones. The earbuds are selling in India with a price tag of around Rs 2,399. They come inside a uniquely designed charging case that has no lid and features a 380mAh cell. The Portronics POR-078 Harmonics Twins are rated to have music time of up to 4 hours on a single charge. The accessory touts low energy Bluetooth 5.0 BLE for wireless connectivity and Advanced RTL8763BFR chipset that is said to offer HD stereo music experience.
10. Tagg ZeroG
Lastly, you’ve ZeroG affordable TWS earphones from another popular brand Tagg. The truly wireless earphones are said to deliver high-definition sound with extreme precision. The pair is IPX5 water-resistant certified, which means they can bear minor splash and sweat. Additionally, the Tagg ZeroG features dual 6.1mm drivers, AirPods-like design, Qualcomm 3020 chipset, and Bluetooth v5.0 that provides “stable connectivity.”
Other highlights include capacitive touch controls and CVC 8.0 microphone to reduce the ambient sound. The Tagg ZeroG earphones are available in India with a price tag of Rs 4,999.