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Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP true wireless earphones: why overspend on Apple AirPods?

Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP true wireless earphones: why overspend on Apple AirPods?

By  GB Blog Official 2018-12-28 3592 0

In this post, we are taking a look at the latest true wireless earphones: the Xiaomi Mi AirDots and the MEIZU POP. Let’s start by answering a simple question though: what are true wireless earphones?

why are these earphones called true wireless?


The term “true wireless” has been coined quite recently and refers to the type of earphones that have absolutely no wires attached to them: they don’t need a wire to be connected to your phone, nor a wire to be connected to each other. Thus, true wireless.


Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: specs

Let’s look at the specs of the two Bluetooth earphones side by side.

 

Product name
Xiaomi Mi AirDots TWS Bluetooth Earphones
MEIZU POP True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
Function
Answering phone,Bluetooth,microphone,
noise cancelling,voice control,voice prompt
Answering phone,Bluetooth,microphone,
noise cancelling,song switching,voice control,voice prompt,waterproof
Material
ABS
Wearing type
In-ear
Battery capacity(mAh)
40mAh Li-ion battery
85mAh Li-ion battery
Compatible with
iPhone,mobile phone
Sensitivity
106 ± 3dB
101dB
Bluetooth version
V5.0
V4.2
Waterproof function
No
IPX5 waterproof
Product size (L x W x H)
2.30 x 1.45 x 1.30 cm / 0.91 x
0.57 x 0.51 inches
5.50 x 5.50 x 3.50 cm / 2.17 x
2.17 x 1.38 inches
Product weight
0.0042 kg
0.0480 kg
Package contents
1 x pair of earphones, 1 x
charging dock, 1 x charging
cable, 2 x pair of silicone eartips
1 x pair of earphones, 1 x charging dock ( 700mAh ),
1 x Type-C cable, 1 x English user manual, 2 x pair of standby eartips, 2 x pair of standby ear caps

 

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Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: first impressions

At the very first look, the two earphone sets are very similar. Both come in compact portable cases that also serve as chargers for the earphones. The only difference is that the Mi AirDots’ box has a more minimalistic design with a very subtle Mi logo on the top. The case for the MEIZU POP earphones has a slightly more pronounced logo on the front panel — it’s also larger at 2.17 x 2.17 x 1.38 inches compared to the 0.91 x 0.57 x 0.51 inches for the Mi AirDots.


Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: design 


The earphones themselves come in slightly different shapes — and, once again, the MEIZU POP have a much more pronounced logo printed on each earbud, while the Mi Airdots are more modest about their origins. Both earbuds have their control buttons on the side as well as LED indicators. The one thing we have noticed is that the buttons on the MEIZU POP are a bit harder to push than the ones on the Mi AirDots. Another difference is that the MEIZU POP earbuds seem to sit more tightly in the ears, which makes them ideal for workouts. The Mi Airdots, on the other hand, feel lighter and are generally less “noticeable” in the ear.


the control buttons and  LED indicators on MEIZU POP earbuds  


the control buttons and  LED indicators on Mi Airdots  


Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: sound quality

Both earbud sets sit quite deep in your ear canal — and this may be on purpose, as wireless earphones generally generate a lower volume than their conventional counterparts.


With that, the Mi AirDots, as mentioned earlier, do not cover your ear entirely — you will, thus, have more of the outside noise getting in compared to the super tight MEIZU POP earbuds.


Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: sound quality 


Other than that, we have found that both earbuds offer a very decent quality of sound. There are no disturbances, delays or distortions. The MEIZU POP earbuds adopt a φ6.0 mm Hi-Fi dynamic graphene diaphragm ensuring a balanced tri-frequency resulting in clean and clear heights and good detail. The Xiaomi Mi AirDots use 7.2mm dynamic speaker for a soft balanced sound with a strong bass.


6.0 mm Hi-Fi dynamic graphene diaphragm vs 7.2mm dynamic speaker 


As we’ve stated at the beginning of the paragraph — both earbud sets are perfectly suitable for everyday wear, listening to music, handsfree calls, etc. However, we would not recommend either set for audiophiles — wireless earphones can not yet compete with professional wired headphones like Sennheiser or even Beyerdynamic.


Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: other features

The main difference between the Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP earphones is that the latter are IPX5 waterproof, which makes them more suitable for workouts and, generally, more durable for everyday use. The Xiaomi Mi AirDots use Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity while the MEIZU POP use Bluetooth 4.2 — both earbuds can work at the maximum distance of 10 metres.


the Xiaomi Mi AirDots  Bluetooth 4.2 


Both the Xiaomi Mi AirDots and the MEIZU POP earphones come with charging cases. You can simply put the earphones into the charging case and they will charge up via the magnetic connectors. The case for the Xiaomi Mi AirDots offers up to 12 hours of independent battery life and the case for the MEIZU POP earphones will give you slightly more — up to 15 hours. Another notable difference in the charging aspect is that the charging case for the MEIZU POP earphones supports wireless charging — you can use any standard wireless charger with the set but it does not come included in the package.


MEIZU POP earphone wireless charging 


Xiaomi Mi AirDots vs. MEIZU POP: price and verdict

The MEIZU POP earphones are currently available on GearBest at $79.99 while the Mi AirDots will be arriving soon and probably cost about half that. 


We explain the difference in price with the fact that the MEIZU POP do come with water protection, support wireless charging and offer better noise cancellation thanks to the specifics of their design. We would, thus, say, that the MEIZU POP earphones would be a stronger choice for those who plan to use the earbuds primarily for workouts.


On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi AirDots offer practically the same quality of sound, easy charging and the true wireless convenience at half the price. When it comes to value-for-money, we’d say that there is simply no beating Xiaomi.

 

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