Best true wireless earbuds under Rs 5,000 in India for January 2021

OnePlus Buds Z

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The ‘True Wireless Earbuds’ segment picked up a lot of traction in 2020, especially in India. In fact, the latest reports suggest that the TWS shipments grew by a whopping 723% YoY in Q3, 2020. The main reason for the uptick is because of the rise of budget TWS earbuds in India.

Just like how the budget smartphone market was filled with a lot of options a few years ago, now we have a tonne of options for the TWS segment. Smartphone makers like Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme have already jumped in and launched their true wireless earbuds in India, bringing many new affordable options for the consumers. 

These are the best TWS under Rs 5,000:

1. Oppo Enco W51

2. Realme Buds Air Pro

3. OnePlus Buds Z

4. Oppo Enco Free

5. Jabra Elite 65t

6. Lypertek Levi

7. Noise Elan

A few months ago, we didn’t have many options under Rs 5,000 for a TWS in India. But, now with multiple launches, we get a handful of TWS earbuds in the sub Rs 5,000 segment. In case you want to jump on the train and join the Truly Wireless Stereo earbuds army, here are the best TWS earbuds you should consider.

You get TWS from smartphones brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, and most recently OnePlus. Accessory makers like Noise, JBL, pTron also offer TWS in this segment. The current list includes true wireless buds from brands like Oppo, Realme, OnePlus, Jabra, LtperTek, and Noise. 

These are the best true wireless earbuds in India under Rs 5,000:

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Oppo Enco W51

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Oppo Enco W51

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Oppo Enco W51

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Oppo Enco W51

Specifications

Connectivity : Bluetooth 5.0

Controls: Touch controls

Drivers: 7mm dynamic

Mic: Yes

Battery life: Up to 3.5 hours

Charging: Type-C charging port, quick charge

Reasons to buy

ANC Good audio experience Fast charging

Reasons to avoid

Average battery life

The Oppo Enco W51 brings all the good stuff from Oppo Enco W31 and adds active noise cancellation align with slightly better sound signature. All this for under Rs 5,000. There is a 7mm dynamic driver onboard with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a range of about 10 meters. 

Each earbud is packed with a 25mAh battery and the case is having 480mAh battery. On a single, the Oppo Enco W51 can last up to 3.5 hours and with the included case, you get up to 20 hours of playback. However, the battery is pretty average here. A quick a 15-minute charge keeps the earphones running for up to 3 hours. You can change this by plugging Type-C charger or charge it wirelessly as it comes with Qi wireless charging support. 

Price: Rs 4,999

Check out Oppo Enco W51 on Amazon | Flipkart

Read our Oppo Enco W51 review

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Realme Buds Air Pro

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0

Controls: Touch

Driver: 10mm bass boost driver

Mic: Dual mic,

ANC: Yes

Battery: Up to 4 hours

Charging: Type-C

Reasons to buy

ANC on a budget App support Good for calls Connectivity

Reasons to avoid

Fit not for everyoneSound needs more refinementDesign of buds is chunky

The Realme Buds Air Pro is one of the most affordable pair of true wireless earbuds that offer active noise cancellation. The ANC does a good job, though the overall sound quality is a mixed bag. Apart from that, the Realme Buds Air Pro is feature-packed and the companion app support makes it easy to use.

While the sound quality is not perfect on the Realme Buds Air Pro, you get a wonderful soundstage and the base is just like what most of the people in India like. For those who want more, Realme has also added Bass Booster . However, the overall sound quality is a mixed bag here. The battery life is also pretty impressive both with ANC turned on and off. 

Price: Rs 4,999

Check out Realme Buds Air Pro on Flipkart

Check out our Realme Buds Air Pro review

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OnePlus Buds Z

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OnePlus Buds Z

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OnePlus Buds Z

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OnePlus Buds Z

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OnePlus Buds Z

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OnePlus Buds Z

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OnePlus Buds Z

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0

Controls: Touch

Driver: 10mm dynamic drivers, Dolby Atmos support

Mic: Dual mic

Battery: Up to 4 hours

Charging: Type-C, fast charging

Reasons to buy

Comfortable fit Good audio for the price Price IP55 rating

Reasons to avoid

Limited touch controlNot so punchy bass

The OnePlus Buds Z are a great pair of true wireless earphones for those who are on a tight budget. They offer decent sound, good battery life and a comfortable fit. However, the limitation of the touch control and not so punchy bass may let you down. Also, the OnePlus Buds Z sound better than the higher priced original OnePlus Buds. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and has a 10mm dynamic drivers, with bass boost, dynamic stereo powered by Dolby Atmos and panoramic sound support. 

The sound signature on the OnePlus Buds is respectable for the price. The soundstage and the separation of the instruments are also decent. There is enough bass but it could have been punchier. The battery life on the Buds Z is also on par with others in the segment. You get about 4 hours of playback and there is also support for a quick charge. As for the functionality, the OnePlus Buds Z offer very limited options – double tap and long press. It also brings in-ear detection and IP55 rating onboard which are rare in the segment.

Price: Rs 2,999

Check out OnePlus Buds Z on Amazon | Flipkart

Read our OnePlus Buds Z review

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Oppo Enco Free

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Oppo Enco Free

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Oppo Enco Free

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Oppo Enco Free

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Oppo Enco Free

Extremely enjoyable

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0

Controls: Touch

Driver: 13.4mm dynamic drivers

Mic: Yes

Battery: Up to 5 hours

Charging: Type-C

Reasons to buy

Intuitive gesture control Premium design Sound quality

Reasons to avoid

Fit not for everyoneNoise isolation

Oppo Enco Free is the company’s first TWS earbuds in India. It nails the basics in terms of design and battery life. The overall sound quality is enjoyable. It harnesses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to connect to both the buds at the same time. 

It uses a capacitive touch control chip to make the outer surface act as a navigation pad for all music controls. To control the media, you can tap and swipe. On a single charge, the earbuds will last up to 5 hours and with the included case, it will last up to 20 hours. The Oppo Enco Free is priced at Rs 4,990 now and comes in three colour options – white, black, and pink. It is available on Flipkart. 

Price: Rs 4,990

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 Read our Oppo Enco Free 

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Jabra Elite 65t

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0

Controls: Touch

Driver: 6mm

Mic: Yes

Battery: Up to 5 hours

Charging: Micro USB, fast charging

Reasons to buy

Understated design Excellent battery life Balanced sound quality

Reasons to avoid

Slippery earbuds and caseLimited ear tip selection

Initially launched for Rs 12,999, the Jabra Elite 65t is now available for Rs 8,999. It brings a perfect balance of usability, features, and sound quality. It offers a reliable connection and is a pleasure to use day-to-day. Also, you get good battery life with up to five hours on a single charge and the case is good for an additional 10 hours(2 cycles). 

Further, the Jabra Elite 65t offers good noise isolation and you can also adjust ambient noise when you want it. The earbuds automatically turn on when removed from the case and turn themselves off when placed back in the charging case. You can use one earbud at a time, though the right earbud acts as the master. The overall sound quality is excellent – it’s balanced. It also comes with app support. 

Price: Rs 3,999

Check out Jabra Elite 65t on Amazon

Read our review of Jabra Elite 65t 

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Lypertek Levi

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0

Controls: Touch

Driver: 8mm

Mic: Dual mic

Battery: Up to 5 hours

Charging: Type-C

Reasons to buy

Audio quality Battery life Wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

Microphone

Building on the huge success of the Lypertek Tevi, the Lypertek Levi was launched in India a few months back. For under Rs 5,000, the Lypertek Levi brings most of the Tevi goodness to the table. It is an in-ear style TWS without stem design.  Levi uses the same 6mm, dynamic drivers that were found on Tevi. However, the drivers are made from neodymium rather than the graphene as we’d seen on the Tevi. It harnesses Bluetooth 5.0 and supports SBC and AAC codecs are supported. 

The buds are also IPX5 rated and can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and with the included case, it can full charge the buds 5 times. This takes the total battery tally to 48 hours. It uses a Type-C port for charging. A quick 15-minute charge will offer up to 2 hours of playback. It also supports wireless charging in case you have a compatible smartphone or a wireless charger. 

For controls, the Lypertek Levi has a unique button placement that eliminates accidental button presses. With buttons on either side of the TWS, you can control your music playback, answer calls, activate the ambient sound mode, and activate voice assistant.

Price: Rs 4,999

Check out Lypertek Levi on Headphonezone

Noise Elan

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Noise Elan

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2

Controls: Touch

Driver: 6mm titanium driver

Mic: Dual mic

Battery: Up to 8 hours

Charging: Type-C

Reasons to buy

Bluetooth 5.2 ENC aptX support

Reasons to avoid

Bulky Not so bass heavy

The latest product from the popular audio and wearable maker, the Noise Elan is in the list for two reasons. Firstly, it brings environmental noise cancellation (ENC) on budget and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity both of which which is are rarity in this segment. With the ENC feature is built-in, the Noise Elan can suppress the environmental noise. The earbuds come with a total of four mics, two on each bud which delivers better noise cancellation. For audio, the Noise Elan sports a 6mm titanium driver with support for Qualcomm aptX adaptive sound.

On to the battery life, it can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and with the provided case, the TWS can go up to 36 hours, giving an additional four charge cycle. These are also in-ear style true wireless earbuds with interchangeable eartips. It comes with complete touch controls which perform operations such as manage tracks, adjust volume and there is also a transparency mode with which you can be aware of what’s happening around you while listening to your music and lastly, there is a dedicated gaming mode with 80ms low-latency. 

Price: Rs 3,499

Check out Noise Elan on Amazon

Best wireless earbuds under Rs 5,000 in India

Product namePrice
Oppo Enco W51Rs 4,999
Realme Buds Air ProRs 4,999
OnePlus Buds ZRs 2,999
Oppo Enco FreeRs 4,990
Jabra Elite 65tRs 2,999
Lypertek LeviRs 4,999
Noise ElanRs 3,499

These were some of the best True wireless earbuds available in India currently. In the near future, we can expect more earbuds coming to the market at an affordable price. Poco will be the next one to announce a new pair of earbuds in India.   

January 22, 2021
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