Skip to main content

Xiaomi goes back to basics with new pair of true wireless earbuds

Earlier in 2020, Xiaomi released a pair of true wireless earbuds called the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. Apparently, the company was just getting started.

Right on the heels of those budget buds, Xiaomi has slashed prices again with the unveiling of the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic. The new buds, which reportedly cost $40 euros ($45 U.S., or $15 less than their predecessors), look similar in style to the Earphones 2, with a slightly different case and specs.

Here’s what we know about the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic.


Which #MiTrueWirelessEarphones2Basic feature do you like most?
1. Easy touch controls
2. Up to 20 hrs of total battery life
3. Amazing 5 hours of usage on a single charge
4. USB-C charging

— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) July 15, 2020

Xiaomi says the Earphones 2 Basic offer 5 hours of playback on a single charge, with up to 20 hours of total battery life when paired with its charging case. This is average, with earbuds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ or Sony WF-SP800N easily eclipsing those times. Of course, the Earphones 2 Basic do come at a fraction of the cost of those competitors.

The earbuds, which feature the golf tee-esque design that Apple popularized with its AirPods, will have touch controls on the stem of each bud to navigate between music and calls.

Outside of auto-pair and auto-connect, smart in-ear detection, and a USB-C charging port, Xiaomi hasn’t disclosed much else in the way of features.

Audio quality

Feel the beat all day with #MiTrueWirelessEarphones2Basic and its large 14.2mm dynamic driver with clear highs, vibrant mids, and punchy bass.

— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) July 15, 2020

According to Xiaomi, the Earphones 2 Basic will have 14.2mm drivers – the same as the standard Earphones 2 – and will support AAC audio codecs. For buds this cheap, that’s a decent foundation for solid audio reproduction.

We haven’t heard the Earphones 2 Basic – or the Earphones 2, for that matter – and can’t speak much more about how these buds sound without listening to them. It’s not easy to make great-sounding earbuds for cheap, so for now, we’re cautiously optimistic about what to expect audio-wise from the Earphones 2 Basic.

Environmental noise cancellation

#MiTrueWirelessEarphones2Basic is equipped with two mics on each earphone.
One to filter noise around you and the other to pick up your voice.

— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) July 15, 2020

Xiaomi has included a feature called “Environmental Noise Cancellation” in the Earphones 2 Basic. This isn’t exactly active noise cancellation, but it does feature a dual-mic approach meant to analyze both outside noise and your own voice to create an ideal experience.

Again, all we have to work with here is the assurance from Xiaomi that this will provide “crystal clear calls” when using the Earphones 2 Basic. We’ll hold off on making a declaration about the noise-canceling ability of these buds until we’ve had a chance to test them out.

Is there value in these budget buds?

The answer is, well, maybe. For around $45, Xiaomi sure is boasting that the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic have a lot to offer. Right now, all we have to work with is a spec sheet, which is far from the best way to try and evaluate a pair of earbuds.

So, we won’t judge them — at least not yet. For now, these buds are intriguing, but we’ll have to wait until we can verify – or nullify – the quality that Xiaomi says they’ll have.

Editors' Recommendations

Nick Woodard
Former Digital Trends Contributor
  As an A/V Staff Writer at Digital Trends, Nick Woodard covers topics that include 4K HDR TVs, headphones…
Bowers & Wilkins’ wireless earbuds get better battery life and longer range
Bowers & Wilkins Pi5 S2.

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has released new versions of its two models of noise-canceling earbuds: the Pi5 S2 ($299) and Pi7 S2 ($399). They're available starting January 25 and feature small but welcome improvements to their predecessors, the PI5 and PI7, which launched in 2021. The company says both new models have improved battery life and better Bluetooth connectivity.

The earbuds now come in new color options. The Pi7 S2 are available in Satin Black, Canvas White, and Midnight Blue. The Pi5 S2, which has seen a $50 price increase from the PI5, come in three new color options at launch: Cloud Gray, Storm Gray, and Spring Lilac, with a fourth color -- Sage Green -- coming later this spring.

Read more
The Apple HomePod is back, with new smarts, and a lower price
Apple HomePod second-gen.

Apple has launched a second generation of its HomePod, for $299 ($50 less than the first-gen), with a similar design to the original HomePod. Apple discontinued the first-gen HomePod in 2021, less than a year after the debut of the HomePod mini, leaving many to wonder if the company had completely abandoned the larger smart speaker. Simply called the second-gen HomePod, the new model offers improved audio quality and deeper integration into the smart home. It's available to pre-order online and in the Apple Store app starting today, with availability beginning Friday, February 3.

In many ways, the second-gen looks exactly the same as the original HomePod. Apple has kept the distinctive rounded shape, the fabric-wrapped exterior, and the instantly recognizable touch area on top, complete with a colorful feedback display. Even the dimensions are nearly identical, with the same 5.6-inch diameter, but a slightly shorter height (6.6 inches vs. 6.8 inches). It's also a tad lighter at 5.16 pounds instead of the first-gen's 5.5-pound weight.

Read more
CES 2023: New Sennheiser wireless earbuds help you hear better in noisy places
A man wearing the Sennheiser Conversation Clear Plus earbuds.

It's a noisy world out there, and if you've ever found it hard to hear a conversation in a crowded bar or anywhere else with substantial ambient noise, then Sennheiser's Conversation Clear Plus wireless earbuds, announced this week as CES 2023, could clear things up for you.

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made it possible for those with mild to moderate hearing loss to get over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids without a prescription last October, the market responded, with big-name players like Sony, Jabra, and Bose jumping in with products of their own. And while Sennheiser isn't officially tagging the Conversation Clear Plus earbuds as OTC hearing aids, they use what Sennheiser calls "advanced speech enhancement technology," developed by one of the world's biggest hearing aid makers, Sonova (which now owns Sennheiser), with the main purpose of enhancing speech and filtering out noise so you can hear conversations better.

Read more