Xiaomi’s most popular True Wireless Stereo earbuds sold more than Apple’s Airpods. They are called the Redmi Airdots, priced at just a third of the price of the Airpods. But Xiaomi has struggled to produce a real challenger to Apple’s Airpods. A premium-looking and sounding TWS wireless earphones. The Xiaomi Flipbuds Pro is the latest attempt from Xiaomi to match against Apple in this product category.
While several competing companies such as Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Sony, Taotronics, and Anker has fairly straightforward product naming conventions, Xiaomi terribly falls short in this regard. The company is guilty of confusing product names in most cases branding the same product differently in various markets. While this strategy might help Xiaomi’s lawyers from lawsuits, it doesn’t help its customers. What does this rant have to do with the Flipbuds Pro? Well, don’t be surprised if they are called a different name in your location.
Alright, now let us talk about the Xiaomi Flipbuds Pro. They are, by far the companies most premium wireless earphones. The Flipbuds Pro has slightly better specs than the Mi Air 2 Pro which, until last year, were the companies flagship TWS earbuds. The Mi Air 2 Pro spot Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) as well as Wireless Charging for about $120.
The Flipbuds Pro take direct aim at Apple’s Airpods with a similar stem-like design and charging case. They have a glossy all-black body thanks to a nano NCVM coating. Put together, you’ll have a hard time telling them apart.
Flipbuds Pro Specs
Product name: Mi FlipBuds Pro
Active Noise Cancelling: 40db active noise reduction
Bluetooth version: 5.2
Bluetooth profiles: HFP/A2DP/AVRCP/SPP
Bluetooth range: 10m (barrier-free open environment)
Battery: 28h long battery life: a single battery life of up to 7h
Charging port: USB Type-C
Wireless charging: Yes (Qi-compatible)
The Flipbuds Pro are powered by Qualcomm QCC5151 audio chip. It supports Bluetooth 5.2 and Qualcomm’s aptX adaptive codecs. This is a shift away from LHDC/SBC/AAC codecs found in Mi Air 2 Pro TWS earbuds of last year. The wireless headphones sport Active Noise Cancellation up to 40dB which Xiaomi says can block upto 99% of all background noise. In addition to ANC, these wireless headphones support “transparent mode” which allows you to pay attention to surrounding environment while you still play music.
These wireless earphones can connect to two devices at once, what Xiaomi calls “Dual-device intelligence“. For instance you can pair them with your laptop and listen to music at the same time with your phone. If you receive call on the phone while playing music on the laptop, you can easily pickup the call from the phone. This is a much needed improvement. Previously, you can to disconnect from one device before connecting to another which is the current status of most TWS earbuds and headphones. However, this feature is limited to Mi MIX FOLD, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11, Redmi K40 Pro smartphones.
The Flipbuds Pro can take up to 28 hours when fully charged and with ANC switched off. It’ll take you 7 hours on a single battery life with ANC off. The time is less when you have ANC turned on. These earbuds support fast charging. You can get upto 2 hours with a 5 minute charge. The charging case has a USB-C port and supports Qi wireless charging and be charged with any standard Qi wireless charger. If you’re an ardent gamer, this earphone has game mode with 68ms latency.
The Flipbuds Pro mirror the Airdot 3 Pro in almost every aspect except in design. The cheaper Airdots 3 Pro were launched on 26th May priced at about $47.