In late September 2019, Xiaomi launched the new-generation Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 at the 5G New Product Launch Conference. Less than a year before the release of the previous generation Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro.
Just like most TWS products, the first generation Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro has also stepped on many pits, including bad connection, poor sound low quality, and so on. In view of this, the new generation of Pro has started to improve in all aspects without a change in price. It is ‘a product that experiences close to AirPods’ in the eyes of Xiao Chongqi, senior product director of Xiaomi.
Apple AirPods is the industry benchmark. So is Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro really good? Please check out my Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2(Air 2) review-very close to AirPods?
‘This time it’s more like AirPods.’ I believe this is the first impression that many people will have at first glance. Indeed, Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 canceled the previous-generation in-ear design. It applied a half in-ear structure similar to Apple’s AirPods and comes standard white plastic material, which is Xiaomi’s traditional style.
Apple’s hardware workmanship is also an industry benchmark. Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 has a long oval bar and a thick and strong headphone handle. What’s more, there is a small piece protruding from the front of the headset, which is officially called ‘tree branch’ shape. These features make Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 different from AirPods Pro. But in my point of view, it looks too big when wearing.
Similar to AirPods, there are two microphones above and below each earphone. With dual microphone SVE noise-canceling technology, which uses directional pickup and reverse suppression to cancel environmental noise, the calls can be much more clear.
Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2’s magnetic charging box is still made of matte plastic. Compared with the previous bulky appearance, there are some improvements. The upper and lower sides use clear edges and corners. The characteristics of Xiaomi Mijia are more obvious. The size is smaller, and it is more convenient to carry.
The charging indicator is on the front of the charging box. The pairing button is on the side. With the USB Type-C charging port on the bottom, Android users don’t need to bring another charging cable when going out.
Thanks to the half in-ear design and its lightweight, it is really comfortable to wear. However, the ‘thick branches’ are somewhat exposed outside, making it a little strange to look at.
Equipped with the same pop-up notification as AirPods is also a highlight of Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2. When you open the charging box, there will be a pop-up notification on your Xiaomi phone with MIUI, showing the status of the battery and connection.
Of course, Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 supports touch control, and Xiaomi allows some customized configuration on it. But it is a pity that just like Apple AirPods, you can not control the volume with the earphones.
However, AI voice assistant is still not available for the global markets. That should be a big feature. Because in China, you can activate Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 with a voice just like Siri on AirPods.
An important change of Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 is it does not have ANC function anymore, and instead focus on the sound quality.
The previous generation Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro announced that it has ANC active noise canceling. However, according to the test of the media, the performance of ANC on it is only -15 ~ 20db. Compared with the mainstream brands BOSE and SONY’s -30db +, it is almost nothing. So we can imagine why this time Xiaomi didn’t apply ANC function to Mi Airdots Pro 2.
A benefit that canceling the ANC function brings is better battery life. Compared with the 3h battery life of the previous generation, this time Mi Airdots Pro 2 has 4h battery life. But it is still lower than Apple AirPods’ 5h battery life.
Xiaomi Airdots Pro 2 uses a 14.2mm composite diaphragm dynamic coil unit, which is another level higher than the previous generation’s 7mm RuFeB ferromagnetic + titanium-plated diaphragm dynamic coil speaker unit’.
So after the actual experience, Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 did improve a lot in sound quality. All the frequencies are balanced. But the sound field is still a little thin.
Special mention here is that Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 adds support for LHDC HD encoding. Specifically, LHDC is similar to Sony’s LDAC. It’s a type of Bluetooth audio encoding technology. It was developed by Savitech in Taiwan. The HWA standard initiated by Huawei has already used this encoding.
With LHDC encoding, the actual experience of Mi Airdots Pro 2 is good. I have to say it is much better than ACC. The delay is small and the sound is impressive. However, now you can only find devices that support LHDC encoding on some Xiaomi and Huawei phones. I really hope in the future there can be more supported devices.
The connection of the previous generation Mi Airdots Pro is really bad. It disconnects timely.
This time, Xiaomi really made a big improvements in the Bluetooth connection. With Bluetooth 5.0, the connection range is enlarged to 10 meters. And the connection is much more stable. However, the delay is still not small enough. When you are playing games like PUBG, you can still sense the delay. And it makes it hard to feel the step of enemies. I hope in the future Xiaomi can solve this problem with OTA updates.
The Verdict of Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2(Air 2) review
In general, as an upgraded product, Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro 2 has made a lot of improvements, including connection, battery life, connection stability, and sound quality.
But to say ‘experience close to AirPods’, Xiaomi Mi Airdots series still has a long way to go. However, it is not priced at all. So if you have a Xiaomi phone, you can get it immediately because it is worth the price.
ACC, LHDC, SBC
Charging Case: 41g, Earphone: 4.5g*2
A2DP, AVRCP, BLE, HFP, HSP
Charging Case: 60 x 60 x 45mm
- Good sound quality
- Good quality
- Nice price
- No noise canceling
- A little big in size
- Sound delay in games