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- Xiaomi has launched the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Headset Pro in India.
- The headset provides IPX5 support and active noise reduction.
- Xiaomi also launched a new portable Bluetooth speaker.
In recent years, neckband headphones are second only to violin in true wireless headphones and premium in-ear headphones, but they still strike a good balance between price and battery life. Xiaomi released its Mi Neckband Bluetooth headset last year, but with the launch of the newly released Pro model, it has raised the stakes to a large extent.
Xiaomi India has released the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Headset Pro, which has many improvements over last year’s product. First, the Pro variant provides active noise reduction (ANC), and the company says its solution can reduce noise by 25 decibels.
The professional version of Mi Neckband Bluetooth headset also has an IPX5 rating, making it splash and sweat resistant. Last year’s model did not provide this feature, so if you find yourself getting caught in the rain or exercising, there will be some peace of mind here.
What else do you expect?
Compared with the standard model, the new headset also has up to 20 hours of playback time, while the standard model has a battery life of up to 8 hours. It is worth noting that the durability of the Pro variant is based on 50% volume, while the standard model’s rated playback is based on 80% volume. The playback time of ANC-enabled Pro models is also silent. In addition, the battery of the new headset is slightly larger than that of the old headset (150mAh and 140mAh).
Other notable features include voice assistant support via phone assistant, low-latency audio and 10mm bass driver. Another noteworthy feature (though not great) is microUSB charging, which is disappointing in 2021. Thankfully, the price makes up for the choice of charging port.
Expect to pay 1,799 rupees (~$25) for the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Headset Pro. This makes it lower than the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z, although the two devices have similar claimed battery life and the same IP rating. Xiaomi’s devices can indeed provide services for ANC, but OnePlus headsets do not. At the same time, OnePlus gadgets can provide fast charging (ten minutes of charging allows you to play for ten hours), while Xiaomi accessories can take up to 1.5 hours to fully charge.
This is not the only product that Xiaomi announced today, as the company also showed off the Mi portable Bluetooth speaker (shown above). This small tool contains 16W audio, can pair two speakers into a stereo function and supports the function of a voice assistant through a telephone assistant.
The speaker also has an IPX7 waterproof rating and can be immersed in one meter of water for 30 minutes. Charging via the USB-C port, you will get a paper endurance test for up to 13 hours.
The retail price of the Mi portable Bluetooth speaker is Rs 2,499 (approximately US$35) and will be available in black and blue.
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