Redmi Buds 5: What’s New With These Budget TWS?

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Xiaomi’s Redmi Buds series remains a popular choice for those seeking quality wireless earbuds on a budget. With the recent launch of the Redmi Buds 5, it’s natural to wonder how they stack up against their predecessors, the Buds 4 and 3.

Let’s dive into the key differences and help you decide which buds are the best fit for you.

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Sound Quality:

Redmi Buds 5: Boasting larger 12.4mm dynamic drivers, the Buds 5 promises richer bass and more detail compared to the 10mm drivers in the Buds 4 and 3.

Redmi Buds 4: Sharing the same driver size as the Buds 3, they offer decent sound quality but might lack the depth and fullness of the Buds 5.

Redmi Buds 3: While competent, their smaller drivers may not satisfy audiophiles seeking a truly immersive listening experience.

In terms of Noise Cancellation, the Redmi Buds 5 is the star of the show here, featuring AI noise cancellation claimed to reduce noise by up to 46dB. This is a significant upgrade compared to the Redmi Buds 4 and 3 which lack any form of noise cancellation. So, if blocking out ambient noise is crucial, the Buds 5 are the clear winner.

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Battery Life:

Redmi Buds 5 and the 4 both offer up to 6 hours on a single charge, with the charging case extending it to 30 and 28 hours respectively. Close call here. The ageing Redmi Buds 3 has slightly less impressive, delivering 5 hours per charge and 20 hours with the case. With battery degradation your mileage might be less than this.


Other Features:

In terms of Design all three models share a similar aesthetic, with the Buds 5 featuring slightly larger ear tips. on Connectivity Bluetooth 5.2 ensures stable connections across all models.

Water Resistance: Only the Buds 4 boast an IPX4 splash-proof rating. The Buds 5 and 3 lack this feature.


The Buds 5 are expected to be more affordable than the Buds 4, while the Buds 3 are the most budget-friendly option. Reports have it that the Buds 5 will go for around $36.18 USD (2,999 INR or approximately 5,204.46 KES).

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So, which buds are right for you?

  • Redmi Buds 5: If superior sound quality, top-notch noise cancellation, and affordability are your priorities, the Buds 5 are a compelling choice. However, the lack of water resistance might be a concern for some.
  • Redmi Buds 4: Those seeking balanced sound, decent battery life, and a splash-proof design might find the Buds 4 a good value proposition. But keep in mind the absence of noise cancellation.
  • Redmi Buds 3: For the most budget-conscious users who prioritize basic functionality and portability, the Buds 3 remain a viable option. Just be aware of the limitations in sound quality and features.

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your individual needs and preferences. Consider your budget, desired sound quality, noise cancellation needs, and other features like water resistance before making your decision. Happy listening!


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