The true wireless earbuds which are famously known as the True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds picked up their pace and went mainstream in 2020. In India, we are seeing a massive spike in the true wireless earbuds segment. On the other hand, the global TWS market has hit a plateau as the shipments were comparatively on a lower side than expected.
Thanks to popular smartphones brands, including Google, who have jumped into the true wireless earbuds segment in India, we’re seeing a lot of demand for these tiny pair of earbuds in India. Although, the market is filled with budget TWS priced under Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000, and Rs 2,000 there are certain earbuds that are priced above Rs 5,000 and offer a better overall experience.
1. OnePlus Buds Pro
2. Pixel Buds A-Series
3. Oppo Enco X
4. Lypertek Tevi
5. Sony WF-XB700
6. Amazfit Powerbuds
7. Nothing Ear 1
8. Skullcandy Indy Evo
9. Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
We have some excellent offerings from brands like players from Google, Oppo, Sony, Lypertek, Skullcandy, and Nothing. However, OnePlus leads the list with its impressive OnePlus Buds Pro. As with the current situation, we can consider the Rs 10,000 TWS segment as the top tier segment if not the flagships. We are also now seeing the trend of active noise cancellation on TWS in this segment, which was unheard of previously.
The TWS market started exploding when Apple’s AirPods made its debut a couple of years ago. Of course, just like the other Apple products, the AirPods are also out of reach for many as they’re priced pretty high. But, there are many other True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds in the market currently. If you are looking for a good pair of TWS, you’re at the right place. Check out our list of the best true wireless earbuds under Rs 10,000.
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A big leap forward from the original OnePlus Buds, the new OnePlus Buds Pro offer an excellent audio experience, effective active noise cancellation, good battery life, and comfortable fit. While they might not beat the Apple AirPods Pro, the OnePlus Buds Pro represent good value for money and are a great alternative to the Oppo Enco X and the Galaxy Buds Pro.
Thanks to large 11mm drivers, you get an extremely enjoyable listening experience from these earbuds, with thumping bass that drives your music without overwhelming the other frequencies overpowering the vocals. Their clean and energetic sound lends the OnePlus Buds Pro to most genres, with a spacious soundstage.
The OnePlus Buds Pro do an excellent job at blocking out external noise by up to 40dB and you get to choose from three ANC modes 一 noise cancellation, max ANC, and smart. In terms of battery life, the OnePlus Buds Pro last up to 24 hours with the case and ANC turned off. With ANC turned on, it drops to 20 hours 一 which is still respectable, if not class-leading. A quick 10-minute charge offers up to 10 hours of playback which is quite handy, and there’s also support for Qi wireless charging.
The Google Pixel Buds A-series looks identical to their pricier twins - Google Pixel Buds 2, however, come with obvious trade-offs to keep the prices in check. You get 12mm dynamic drivers that are housed in incredibly small buds which do not protrude out of the ear when worn.
The stabilizer fin helps keep the buds intact. These smart earbuds come with native support for Google Assistant and let you control the earbuds without much fuss.
Compared to the premium siblings, the Pixel Buds A-series lose out on wireless charging and noise cancellation – which otherwise has become a staple in this price range. It even misses out on touch gestures that force you to rely on the trusted Google Assistant for every task.
Additionally, the buds come with features like Live Translation for words and phrases that you may want to speak. These are IPX4 certified for water and dust resistance. In terms of audio quality, the Buds offer a great bass response and the clear audio quality improves the overall listening experience.
The Oppo Enco X are an impressive audio product from the brand which is known for its smartphones. The presence of ANC is very effective and the sound quality is top-notch. The Oppo Enco X are an easy recommendation from our side. To offer better audio experience, Oppo has teamed up with Dynaudio, a brand which is one of the best in the business. The earphones are suitable for everyone including those who are hardcore audiophiles.
The sound quality is excellent and the active noise cancellation is pretty effective and Oppo has added two noise cancellation levels which is pretty smart. There are plenty of controls available but there are some limitations when it comes to customization. While Oppo and Android users get some customization options, iPhone users won’t get any options as such.
The battery life is pretty average, especially when listening to music with ANC and volume set to 100%. There is no support for fast charging either but, you get wireless charging. Overall for the price and quality of the audio on the Oppo Enco X, it is hard not to recommend these. Initially launched at Rs 9,990, the Oppo Enco X are now available for Rs 8,990.
One of the newest entries to the TWS segment, Lypertek Tevi is one of the best value for money TWS currently available in India. It offers a neutral audiophile-like sound and comes in a pill-shaped charging case. It harnesses Bluetooth 5.0 and comes with IPX7 water-resistant rating to protect the buds from rain and sweat.
The Lypertek Tevi features a 6mm graphene driver with SBC, AAC and aptX codecs, offering some of the most natural and well-balanced audio we’ve seen from a pair of earphones in recent times. It offers up to 10 hours of battery life in the buds, and a further six full charges housed in the case.
The company has also launched a new TWS called the Lypertek Levi. It brings most of the Tevi goodness for just Rs 4,999.
Sony is the latest company to announce its TWS in India. The WF-XB700 comes under Extra Bass series so, you can expect deep and punchy bass. It features a 12mm driver unit and harnesses Bluetooth 5.0 and 12mm drivers. You get punchy, thumpy, and deep bass with this pair of earbuds.
On the battery front, you get 9 hours of playback with an additional 9 house with the case. You can charge the case via Type-C port. These are IPX4 rated so, you get protection against the water splash and sweat. It comes with buttons on each bud which can be used to play, pause, or skip through tracks and adjust the volume. You also get a mic for voice calls and voice assistant.
Launched at Rs 6,999, the Amazfit PowerBuds is now available for just Rs 5,999 The Amazfit PowerBuds hopes to address the never-ending issue of wireless earbuds’ fit with a design that can convert into something more reliable. The ambitious design implementation is backed by great battery life, a sound signature tailored for the task and a sprinkling for smart features to keep you going.
The Amazfit PowerBuds sound is delivered from 9mm drivers in each bud with rich bass and clear trebles. The Amazfit PowerBuds come equipped with PPG sensors in each earbud, which use light-based technology to monitor blood flow and produce a heart rate reading.
If you’re looking for a pair of buds that work great for fitness while staying minimal and tiny, prefer music with a bit of bass, and value features such as heart-rate tracking, then the Amazfit PowerBuds are an easy recommendation.
The Nothing Ear (1) don’t quite live up to the hype, with an underwhelming sound and just average noise cancellation. They are very comfortable, though, and some will love the transparent design enough to take a risk on the first true wireless earbuds from Nothing.
However, these are also the most unique looking pair of TWS and in India, they cost less compared to the global markets. The unique transparent design shows off the inner workings of the earbuds and charging case. Nothing hasn't taken the concept far enough for the wireless earbuds to really make an aesthetic impact.
The audio performance is nothing to write home about. With large drivers made in collaboration with Swedish audio company Teenage Engineerings, we were expecting an impressive soundstage from the Nothing Ear (1). Instead, we found the buds to be tinny, and frustratingly quiet – though we appreciated the amount of detail in the higher frequencies. The noise cancellation provided by the Ear (1) leaves a lot to be desired, too.
While we do not recommend the Nothing Ear 1 for its sound quality or ANC, this one can be a good one for those who can live with these cons and get a unique looking TWS and pair of earbuds which are comfortable.
Read our Nothing Ear (1) review
Skullcandy Indy Evo offers decent audio experience - the highs and lows are good while the bass is refined well so that you enjoy thumping effect. However, it can get a bit mushy at times sometimes. As for the fit, they are not comfortable for all as they come with ear hooks. Also, it’s hard to fully close the carry case due to the fin design.
The microphone quality is really good on this one and can be used for taking calls without having to take them off. It comes with a bunch of touch controls which are hard to memorize but once you get hold of that, you will enjoy it more. For audio listening, you get three modes - music, podcasts and movie. Another major issue is that the buds needed to be reconnected every time when you want to use the app. And, lastly, on a single charge, the Skullcandy Indy Evo lasts up to 5 hours, which is good for a TWS.
Anker's Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro is the company’s most advanced pair of earbuds and offers offer three different modes for ANC - transport, indoor, and outdoor allowing users to control the ambient noise based on their preference.
The earbuds come in a stylish case and utilize 10 hardened nanolayers to make up the 11mm driver in each earbud which result in a crystal clear listening experience during calls and while listening to music.
The earbuds also come with a transparency mode with multiple settings that is ideal for fitness enthusiasts to safely hear noises around them on a city street while the second mode enhances voices in the immediate vicinity while simultaneously reducing background noise.
The Soundcore app offers over 22 EQ settings and coupled with Hear ID, this app lets you personalize the music listening experience by creating a customized sound profile based on your preference. The Liberty Air 2 Pro also supports fast Charging technology and just 10 minutes of charging can give 2 hours of playtime. The TWS, offer a battery life of up to 26 hours without ANC and, 21 hours with ANC.
Best TWS under Rs 10,000 in India
- OnePlus Buds Pro
- Pixel Buds A-Series
- Oppo Enco X
- Lypertek Tevi
- Sony WF-XB700
- Amazfit Powerbuds
- Nothing Ear 1
- Skullcandy Indy Evo
- Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
These were our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds under Rs 10,000 in India. Among the list of ten TWS earbuds, we've given options for gamers, bass lovers, music, and fitness freaks. You can opt for the one according to your need. In case your budget is a bit less, you can check out our other buying guides:
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