Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and true wireless earphones make for a perfect practical gift. Ever since Apple launched the AirPods back in 2016, every company – big or small – has dipped their toes in this market. Smartphone manufacturers dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack has further accelerated the adoption of wireless earphones. As a result, true wireless earphone are all the rage these days. Bluetooth audio has also advanced a lot over the years. Buying Bluetooth earphones no longer means an automatic compromise in sound quality.
That said, choosing which true wireless earphones to buy can be quite tricky. A multitude of the options available to buy suffer from poor battery life and mediocre sound quality. There are many knock-offs, generic brands and re-badged products floating around as well. Subsequently, we have compiled a list of the best true wireless earphones at various price points to help you choose your gift wisely.
Bose SoundSport Free
The Bose SoundSport Free are the best premium pick for Android users. They are great for sports, exercise as well as day-to-day use. The earphones are IPX4 water resistant which means they are splash and sweat proof. In addition, they feature Bose’s proprietary StayHear sports tips which conform to the shape of your ear. As a result, they stay firmly in place even during intensive exercise.
Simply put, the Bose SoundSport Free sound great. The sound signature on offer is quite neutral and the soundstage is impressively wide. The earphones are also extremely comfortable and the StayHear tips put very little pressure on the ear canal. The earphones themselves last 5-6 hours on a single charge and the bundled charging case provide another two full charges. They are available online for Rs 17,999.
Jabra Elite Active 75t
Jabra Elite Active 75t are IP57 dust and water resistant and come a with a two year limited warranty against dust and water damage. The earphones are rated to last around 7 hours on a single charge. The bundled carrying case can add three full charges, taking the total battery life to 28 hours. Fast charging is also present. A 15 minute charge adds one hour of playback time.
The Elite Active 75t are 20 percent smaller than their predecessor and are very compact and comfortable to use. The sound signature emphasises the bass but does not sacrifice the highs and mids in the process. The earphones are priced at Rs 16,999 but can be found online for Rs 15,999. f you are not interested in the water or dust resistance, you can look at the Jabra Elite 75t which are priced at Rs 14,999.
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A list of true wireless earphones cannot be complete without the Apple AirPods. They kickstarted the wireless craze and their immense popularity spurred a multitude of manufacturers to enter this space. The AirPods do not sound spectacular but are immensely comfortable and sync seamlessly with Apple devices. They are great for day-to-day activities like taking calls, video conferencing and listening to music on the go.
Apple has equipped the earphones with optical sensors and an accelerometer. As a result, the earphones automatically pause music when you remove both earphones. They also automatically understand if you are using only one earphone and switch the output to mono. The earphones last around 5 hours on a single charge and the included charging case provide 3 to four full charges. The AirPods can be found online for around Rs 13,500.
1More Stylish True Wireless
At Rs 6,999, the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones offer immense value for money. These are one of the best affordable true wireless earphones in the market. The earphones support the aptX Bluetooth codec, a feature that is extremely rare in this price range. AptX is superior to the standard SBC Bluetooth codec found in most wireless earphones and offers less latency, smarter compression and higher bitrate data transfer.
The earphones last around 6 hours on a single charge and the case can add close to three full charges. The earphones sound fantastic. In our official review, we said “The sound output is rich, the bass is visible and there is dynamic soundstage not seen on other hearables.”
OnePlus recently launched its first true wireless earphones, simply dubbed OnePlus Buds. The true wireless earphones are IPX4 water resistant which means they can be used while exercising. Additionally, they feature 13.4mm dynamic drivers, Dolby Atmos support and environmental noise cancellation.
OnePlus promises a total battery life of 30 hours with the earphones lasting around 7 hours and the charging case providing a little over three extra charges. Fast charging is also present. 10 minutes of charging yields 10 hours of playback time which can be quite useful in a pinch. The OnePlus Buds are set to go on open sale on August 4 across multiple online and offline channels such as Flipkart, Amazon and oneplus.in. They are priced at Rs 4,999 and will be available in three colours, namely White, Gray and Nord Blue.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chip could launch in multiple variants, suggests leak
Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will reportedly have multiple versions. These versions could be possible ‘Lite’ variants of the upcoming flagship 875 chipset. The leak that provides the information on the new Snapdragon chipsets also mentions the Snapdragon 960 SoC. The leak comes from Digital Chat Station and also mentions the presence of two Oppo executives Liu Bo and Li Zi Gui at the meeting. There was also Liu Zuohu whom we all know as OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.
Why multiple Snapdragon 875 variants make sense
Some time ago it was revealed that the upcoming Snapdragon 875 chipset would come with a pretty big price hike over the Snapdragon 865 from 2020. The big price bump comes from the inclusion of the bundled 5G-enabling modules. We also saw this with the Snapdragon 865, which costed a lot more than the Snapdragon 855 did in 2019. This resulted in the price of 2020 flagships soaring much higher than people expected, butting them out of reach for many buyers who could have otherwise afforded these phones at SD 855-like prices.
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With prices set to go higher next year, the multiple variants of the Snapdragon 875 will make a lot of sense for users. Power users who want the best of performance will be able to purchase the top variant, while those with more modest needs will not have to pay as much for a cheaper variant of the chipset. Since the new chipsets are still in the 800 series, we can still expect them to perform at flagship speeds. Areas, where they may be toned down, might include GPU performance and 5G capabilities.
Should Qualcomm stick to its usual schedules, we should see the next flagship chipset, likely the Snapdragon 875 at the end of this year. That doesn’t leave the US-based company a lot of time to develop a bunch of new processors. It remains to be seen if the rumored Snapdragon 875 ‘Lite’ and Snapdragon 865 Plus end up being different chipsets after all, and if so, then how different.
Poco X2 users start getting MIUI 12 stable OTA update in India
Xiaomi sub-brand Poco has started rolling out the MIUI 12 stable update for the Poco X2 in India. A number of Poco X2 users on Twitter have confirmed the update coming to their phones. Users of Poco’s second smartphone in India had been waiting for the MIUI 12 update since the release of the software, as the device was aligned to get it.
The new Poco X2 MIUI 12 build has the version number MIUI 184.108.40.206 QGHINXM. It will come to users as an 813 MB Over-The-Air (OTA) update. The changelog of the new build suggests it is a stable build. However, it is as of now unclear if this is a soak test. We still do not know if Poco has rolled the update out to everyone. Major updates like these are usually rolled out in small batches first so that people can report any critical bugs or issues. A mass rollout usually begins once the update has passed as a stable build and has no major issues.
However, the fact that some Poco X2 users have been receiving the MIUI 12 update will come to a lot of users as a piece of good news, laying the pathway for an eventual mass rollout. The new MIUI 12 update will bring in new animations, dynamic window technology, and other features including a visual overhaul of the control center and the performance improvements.
Poco X2 specifications
The Poco X2 is a design-centric smartphone that features an aluminum frame with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front as well as rear. It weighs around 208 grams and is 8.8mm thick. The highlight of the device is the 6.67-inch display with Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, HDR10 support, and 20:9 aspect ratio. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate and has a dual punch-hole setup as well. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile platform with Adreno 618 graphics processor, the Poco X2 comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
For imaging, there is a quad-camera setup on the back. The main camera uses a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor with f/1.9 aperture and phase-detect autofocus. It is paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There are also dual 2-megapixel sensors that act as depth and macro sensors.
There are dual 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors housed in a pill-shaped cutout for selfies. The smartphone runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and supports hybrid SIM slots. It packs a 4,500mAh battery and supports 27W fast charging. Poco is bundling the 27W fast charger with the smartphone. It supports WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port.
Realme C11 update rolling out with August 2020 security patch
Realme is rolling out a new software update for its newly-launched Realme C11 smartphone. The latest software update for the device brings the August 2020 Android security patch along with some bug fixes and overall system stability to the phone. The update is reportedly rolling out for the users based in India, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
The latest update carries the software build version RMX2185_11_A.67 and is about 3.0 GB in firmware size, RealmeUpdate reports. The software runs on the latest Android 10 OS, with realme UI 1.0 custom skin on top. It brings the usual bug fixes and security enhancements with the August 2020 security patch.
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The company is rolling out the new update via OTA (Over The Air) in a staged manner. Thus, it may take a while to reach all Realme C11 units gradually. Users will receive a push notification for installing the firmware. Alternatively, the update can also be checked by going to Settings > About Phone > System update.
As per the Android bulletin changelog, the August 2020 security patch fixes a host of security bugs. It mentions fixes for 10 high vulnerabilities in the framework build and 4 high issues in the system component. One of these flaws could have exploited the smartphone’s data file security. The update also addresses the security issues in the Kernel components.
Realme C11 features, specifications
The Realme C11 flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1560 pixels) resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a dual-camera setup at the back that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. At the front, it has a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
The Realme C11 has a Mediatek Helio G35 SoC and PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It packs a 5,000-mAh battery with dual-sim support. In connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port for charging.
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