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With true wireless earbuds being so popular these days, many people are eyeing on the best one available at a certain price. That’s where the popularity of the Redmi AirDots comes in – and yes, they’re by Xiaomi and also known as the Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic in certain regions of the world. There are many fake ones out there too – and we have some general guidelines on how to spot them.

In this article, we’ll be going through a few different common misconceptions of the Redmi AirDots and the Mi True Wireless Earbuds. The Redmi AirDots is currently available in Malaysia, known as the Mi True Wireless Earbuds here, at only RM99. Learn more about it here.

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The name difference

I don’t know why but Xiaomi uses different names for the same product in different regions. The few examples I can give here is the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro. In Malaysia, they’re known as the Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro respectively. The same goes for the Redmi AirDots as they are officially known as the Mi True Wireless Earbuds in Malaysia.

The authenticity cannot be determined by just the name of the product since it officially has two names. So we’ll have to dig further.

Packaging differences

Thanks to Pinoy Techdad, he showed off both the fake and real Redmi AirDots side by side. The biggest difference in the blue color. You can see that the fake one is lighter, whereby the real one is in a much darker shade of blue.

Fake Redmi AirDots vs real Redmi AirDots
Left is fake, right is real

Even the texts under the case are different

The Redmi AirDots has its technical specs printed at the underside of the cradle (a.k.a. case) like many other true wireless earbuds in the market. Comparing the fake and authentic ones, the fake ones have a really jarring brightly colored text as though it is written with a liquid paper. The authentic one has its text printed at a slightly lighter grey color compared to the case’s color.

Fake Redmi AirDots vs real Redmi AirDots
Left is real, right is fake.

The earbuds L and R side indicator

The earbuds have an L and R to indicate which side is left and right. The fake one has an embossed text instead. It might not be obvious, but it is one of the main differences.

Fake Redmi AirDots vs real Redmi AirDots
This is fake.
Redmi AirDots
This is real.

Which one did we review?

It’s safe to say that we reviewed the real Redmi AirDots. How did we know? The packaging was in a darker shade of blue and the text under the case is not in the jarring white color.

Redmi AirDots

How can we buy the real Redmi AirDots / Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic?

Unfortunately, if you’re buying online, then there is no easy way to determine its authenticity. Currently, you can find it for as low as RM50 – but it’s mostly fake. We recommend buying it officially from Xiaomi Malaysia’s official Lazada Store or at Shopee.

There are two reasons why we recommend to do so:

  • Authenticity is guaranteed
  • Able to claim warranty locally at any Mi Stores nationwide

And hey – do check out our review of the Redmi AirDots here too.

Review & Tutorial – Redmi AirDots: Best budget TWS? (a.k.a. Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic)


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