Xiaomi presents its Redmi brand as focused on value-for-money offerings, including many of the company’s budget and mid-range smartphones, televisions, wearables, laptops and audio products. As such, I expect aggressive pricing and strong feature sets on any new Redmi product, but the latest from the stable audio brand in India still managed to surprise me. The newly released Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro true wireless headphones are essentially the same as the Redmi AirDots 3 in international markets, but with a new name and costing Rs. 2,999.
For that price, there’s a lot to offer, including a dual driver configuration, support for the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec, and a promise of good battery life. Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro looks impressive, but is the sound quality up to spec? Find out in this review.
Dual driver setup for less than Rs. 3,000 on Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro
The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro has a unique appearance compared to the competition due to the unusual pill-shaped shape of the headphones. However, it’s a familiar design for the brand, with strong similarities to the Redmi Earbuds S, which were released in 2020. You get a snug fit in the channel with silicone tips, and the headphones don’t stray too far from mine. ears.
Although I initially found the fit a little awkward, it was never uncomfortable and I ended up getting used to how the headphones felt when used. I really liked the combination of glossy and matte finishes on the headphones, and the pink color of my review unit looked decent. That said, you may prefer the white or blue color options.
A big advantage of the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro format is that the touch sensitive areas on each earpiece are quite large. There’s plenty of room for precise gestures, although the controls themselves are a little tricky. A single touch does nothing; a double tap on the left invokes voice assistant on the paired smartphone; and a double tap on the right plays and pauses the music. Touching and holding the left or right headset skips to the previous or next track respectively. There is no companion app for Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro, so these controls are not customizable.
The cargo case follows the familiar Redmi Earbuds S design as well, with the Redmi logo engraved on the top and a matte finish around it. There is an indicator light on the front and a USB Type-C port for charging on the back. Underneath the cover is the headset pairing / reset button. Headphones automatically turn on and connect to the last paired device when removed from the case. The headphones have a battery capacity of 43mAh each, while the case has a large 600mAh battery.
When it comes to specs, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro are pretty impressive. Each headset has a dual driver configuration, with a dynamic driver and a balanced armature driver. There is a Qualcomm QCC3040 chipset, Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity and support for the SBC, aptX and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs. The lack of support for AAC means there will be a noticeable difference in sound quality between Android and iOS devices; Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro was, unsurprisingly, designed to work best with Android. There’s also IPX4 water resistance, in-ear detection, one-step pairing with MIUI 12, and a low-latency gaming mode.
The battery life of the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro was decent, with the headphones running for a little over five hours per charge under normal conditions with the volume at moderate levels and the aptX Adaptive or aptX Bluetooth codecs in operation. The charging case added more than four full charges for a total battery life of approximately 28 hours per charge cycle. That’s pretty impressive for a headset in this price range and with this feature set. There is no fast charging, however, and the case will take about three hours to recharge when completely empty.
Good but not exceptional sound quality on Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro
On paper, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro has an impressive set of specs in a headset priced at Rs. 2,999. In real use, this pair of true wireless headphones offers decent sound quality. While the hardware definitely pulls its weight, it looked like the setup was a little unfinished. However, this doesn’t detract much from the overall listening experience.
Listening to Jonas Blue’s Something Stupid, I immediately heard the main benefits of a dual driver setup: superior separation and sharply audible differences between the low and high ends of the frequency range. The sound stage looked detailed, with even faint elements in the track, including the synthesized beats, having a real sense of space and character. Although the mids seemed a bit held back, the bass and treble sounded powerful for a pair of real wireless headphones.
With a classic V-shaped sound signature, Realme Earbuds 3 Pro works well with popular genres including electronic music and heavy bass tracks like Sofi Tukker’s Purple Hat. With the dynamic drivers focused on the low-end, this brought decent, calculated basses and a fair amount of grunt in this energetic and energetic range. While it’s definitely not as aggressive as I’ve heard in competing products in this price range, the bass was definitely much more refined, and there was enough attack and direction without losing anything in the sound.
The levels of detail, imagery and overall sound stage were all very good for the price, with Realme Earbuds 3 Pro offering enough to make the overall listening experience enjoyable. In these parameters, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro matched the sound quality of the Lypertek Levi, with the main differences being its sonic signatures and pitch.
I had some connection stability issues on Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro, with occasional lags and drops when using the adaptive aptX codec. This didn’t happen when using the aptX codec, which sounded pretty much as good, so I was able to fix this issue easily without a significant reduction in sound quality. That said, it’s still a little disappointing, given that aptX Adaptive was made to adjust its bitrate to ensure connection stability along with improved sound quality.
Call quality was decent enough for a cheap headset, but I often had Bluetooth connection issues when the headsets didn’t have direct line-of-sight to the paired source device. With a clear path, I was able to use the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro up to 3.5m away from the smartphone, but moving between rooms immediately caused problems. There’s also a low-latency game mode, but there’s no gesture to explicitly turn it on or off, so it was hard to tell if it worked during games.
Redmi products are presented as cost-effective products and, in fact, Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro offers a lot for a reasonable price. Although there is no active noise cancellation, you get a dual driver configuration, support for the aptX and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs, and decent battery life. The sound quality, while not as impressive as the specs suggest, is definitely good enough to justify the price. This is one of the best sounding true wireless headphones you can buy for less than Rs. 3,000 in India.
That said, the lack of active noise cancellation and app support hamper this headset a bit. The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is focused on the music listening experience and is a little rough around the edges with everything else; I had problems with the stability of the connection and the controls were far from being intuitive or easy to use. While I would recommend the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro to anyone focused on listening to music on a budget, it might be worth considering the Realme Buds Q2, which is more affordable and has active noise cancellation as well as app support.