Vivo TWS Neo: the first true wireless with Bluetooth 5.2 chip

Vivo TWS Neo

While Bluetooth 5.0 is not yet the absolute standard and 5.1 chips are extremely rare, the manufacturer Vivo (same group as
Oppo and OnePlus) will release, in China first, what seem to be the first Bluetooth 5.2 headphones on the market. A small revolution? Not really, not yet.

From the classic “AirPods way” that gives itself the means

Following on from the Vivo TWS, the Vivo TWS Neo are small earphones in button format (non-intra) modeled on the airpods, but with a few particularities. A fairly elegant and very compact charging box, available in white or midnight blue, a fairly advanced Qualcomm QCC5126 chip with AptX support, and a 14.2 mm transducer to hope for a minimum of bass.

Vivo TWS Neo 02

The Vivo TWS Neo take this form, whether on the charging box and the headphones (same transducers), but go a little further in terms of electronics. We thus have a product resistant to liquid splashes (IP54 standard) with touch control, noise reduction in call, localization function, 14.2 mm transducers, all with sound improvement modes. Autonomy also makes a small jump, going from 4 hours on the TWS to 5:30 on the TWS Neo version. With its box, the autonomy increases to 27 hours in total.

Vivo TWS Neo

But above all, these headphones are (a priori) the first on the market to use a Bluetooth 5.2 chip.

If on paper Bluetooth 5.2 will be the standard for integrating the future Bluetooth LE Audio, this does not mean that its implementation will be mandatory, at least not for the moment (BLE not being planned before at least 2021 ).

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Truly low-latency headphones?

A second key point exists, namely the presence of the AptX Adaptive. This codec clearly intended for Bluetooth LE Audio in the long term constitutes the new generation of CSR/Qualcomm.

Vivo TWS Neo 04

In addition to being optimized, semi-adaptive (between 279 kbs and 420 kbs) and backwards compatible (includes AptX and AptX HD), it displays relatively lower latency than other codecs (around 80ms) excluding AptX LL.
So its integration is an excellent idea in the theory.

In practice, even if Android 10 supports this codec natively, compatible smartphones are not yet very numerous. Also remember that one of Android’s problems is its rather calamitous management of the buffer in Bluetooth, resulting in latency that could be higher in practice.

Second small inconvenience, autonomy slightly behind on this codec, since going from 5:30 a.m. (AAC) to around 4:10 a.m.

Vivo TWS Neo 03

Rechargeable in USB-C, but not yet in induction, the Vivo TWS Neo are already available in China for 500 Yuans, or around 65 Euros. Little chance of seeing them for the moment in France, but the progress of this type of chip remains good news for the future.

Source : gizmochina

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