Vivo TWS 3 Pro Review: Snapdragon Sound Certified, Supports AptX Lossless Transmission

Vivo TWS 3 Pro takes the experience of using vivo’s true wireless earphones to a higher level with its independent professional audio chip, aptX lossless transmission and 360° surround spatial audio. At the same time, it leads the industry with full-link true wireless Hi-Fi technology, opening the door to a new world.

Vivo TWS 3 Pro specs and features:
  • Bluetooth 5.3 with aptX Lossless/aptX Adaptive/LC3 codec
  • 4-6.8 hours playback of per charge (ANC on/off)
  • Charging case can charge earbuds fully 3 times
  • Support dual device connection
  • 49dB noise cancellation depth
  • IP54 waterproof grade
  • $108 – Check latest price on AliExpress

Below this Vivo TWS 3 Pro review, you will find the disadvantages and advantages of the current earbuds.

Design & Comfort

The charging case uses multiple techniques to bring mirror luster, while making the gradient blue more dynamic. Different lighting and angles present different perceptions. There is an indicator light in the middle, and the vivo brand logo is below. On the right side is the pairing button, which is also quite hidden visually. At the bottom is the Type-C charging port.

Thanks to the streamlined water drop headset stem design, the Vivo TWS 3 Pro earbuds are 2mm shorter than the previous generation. At the same time, the volume is reduced by 6%, further reducing the burden of wearing. The side groove of the headset stem is a pressure-sensitive area, and supports sliding operation at the same time, which can directly control the earbuds and adjust the volume. There is a microphone hole on the top of the headset stem, and a microphone hole and charging contacts on the bottom.

The black circular area on the earbud cavity concentrates the pressure relief hole and wearing detection sensor. The former can maintain the pressure balance and air circulation inside and outside the cavity, and improve the acoustic performance of earbuds, while the latter is used to automatically pause/resume playback, and automatically switch the noise cancellation state.

The eartips are made of medical grade material, soft and comfortable. Comes with three sizes of S/M/L, choosing the right eartips will improve the wearing comfort, sound quality and noise cancellation effect. The wearing detection function can also help users check whether the fit is tight.

After actual measurement, the overall weight of vivo TWS 3 Pro is about 45.2g, and the weight of a single earbud is about 4.9g. The weight is well controlled, the wearing feeling is light and comfortable, and it is not easy to cause discomfort after long-term use.

Connectivity & APP

In terms of connection, Vivo TWS 3 Pro is equipped with Qualcomm S5 flagship audio platform, which supports Snapdragon Sound and aptX Lossless transmission. Earbuds adopt Bluetooth 5.3 and LE Audio bluetooth audio technology, support LC3 audio coding, and the full link latency is as low as 55ms.

When connecting for the first time, just select “vivo TWS 3 Pro” in the bluetooth device list of the mobile phone to connect quickly. Open the charging case for subsequent use to connect to bluetooth devices such as mobile phones that have been successfully paired. And TWS 3 Pro supports dual device connection. The earbuds are normally connected to the mobile phone within a distance of 10 meters, and the sound quality is stable. In a scene without obstacles, if the earbuds are more than 11 meters away from the phone, the connection will be unstable and the sound will be intermittent.

When used with a vivo/iQOO mobile phone, the first connection can be quickly paired and connected through the one-key connection function. And subsequent connections to other mobile phones or tablets that log in to the same vivo account will automatically pop up to connect when the cover is opened, without pairing again. After connecting, you can check the connection status and remaining power of the device in the phone settings, and customize a series of functions. In the general configuration, you can see that the earbuds support aptX Lossless audio technology, and the “Hi-Fi” icon will be displayed on the status bar of the mobile phone, indicating that you have enjoyed the only true wireless Hi-Fi experience for the first time.

In addition, Vivo TWS 3 Pro has also received Snapdragon Sound certification. When connecting a device that also supports Snapdragon Sound technology, there will be a pop-up window saying “vivo TWS 3 Pro already supports Snapdragon Sound”. At the same time, earbuds can also be used with other certified devices to overcome brand restrictions and provide a high-quality wireless listening experience.

Noise Cancellation & Calls

In order to achieve a better comprehensive noise cancellation effect, Vivo TWS 3 Pro allows the newly added independent professional audio chip and Qualcomm S5 audio Soc chip to participate together. With a new optimized acoustic algorithm, the depth of noise cancellation can reach 49dB, which can effectively eliminate wind noise and human voice, and can adapt to the intelligent adjustment of the environment. The noise cancellation bandwidth reaches 4000Hz. In addition to heavy low-frequency noises such as subways and airplanes, it can also better reduce medium and high-frequency noises such as human voices and crying.

There are three noise cancellation modes of deep, standard and mild to choose from, and intelligent dynamic noise cancellation can also be turned on. Supports dynamic detection of environmental noise and changes in wearing status, and adaptively matches the most suitable noise cancellation mode. It avoids excessive ear pressure or insufficient noise cancellation depth caused by improper noise cancellation, and continuously and stably provides the most appropriate noise cancellation experience.

After turning on the intelligent dynamic noise cancellation function, I tested several different scenes in the order from quiet to noisy. After actual experience, the response speed of earbuds to adjust the intensity of noise cancellation is very fast.

Indoor: Using mild noise cancellation indoors can eliminate the noise generated by the air conditioner and the host computer when it is running. At the same time, the ear pressure is low, and it is very comfortable to use for a long time.

Outdoor: Outdoor noise is louder and more complex and changeable, and TWS 3 Pro also performed well. Whether passing through the air conditioner or the parking lot area, it can suppress most of the noise very well.

Roadside: Walking to the side of the road, TWS 3 Pro recognizes the loud noise generated by passing vehicles, which will increase the intensity of noise cancellation and effectively weaken the severe low-frequency noise. Then turn on the music, and you can easily cover up most of the noise. It is also applicable when taking the subway and public transportation, which can better protect hearing.

In addition to the standard transparent mode, vivo TWS 3 Pro is also equipped with a new auxiliary listening mode. Compensate for the volume of the sound that the user cannot hear clearly, and even help the hearing-impaired to improve their hearing. In addition, vivo TWS 3 Pro also has a powerful three-microphone system that supports full-scene high-definition recording. It can not only obtain clear voice calls in noisy environments, but also exhibit excellent radio performance when shooting vlogs.

Sound Quality

Vivo TWS 3 Pro has re-adjusted the internal acoustic circuit structure and added an independent professional audio chip, which greatly improves the audio decoding capability. Realize Hi-Fi level balanced decoding, the noise distortion of the whole link is as low as 0.002%, and the music details are rich and accurate. In addition, TWS 3 Pro uses a self-developed 12.2mm ultra-wideband sound unit. After hundreds of adjustments by the vivo acoustic laboratory, it is equipped with aptX Lossless transmission to fully control the sound quality.

In addition, vivo TWS 3 Pro is also equipped with Qualcomm S5 platform chip. It supports aptX Lossless transmission and is certified by Snapdragon Sound, achieving up to 4 times the bit rate of 1.2Mbps and 2 times the ultra-high bandwidth. To a certain extent, it guarantees sound details and transmission stability, brings clearer and more precise sound, and easily obtains CD-level sound quality experience.

Vivo TWS 3 Pro is also equipped with a new intelligent computing acoustic technology, which allows users to formulate their own hearing curve and ear canal structural characteristics through earbuds. Based on this, the earbuds match the exclusive sound model to virtualize the immersive sense of hearing on the spot, bringing a brand-new auditory experience of individual immersion.

It also has a new AI audio equalization technology, which can detect the user’s wearing condition and what he hears in real time. Adaptive compensation sound quality, the sound is always accurate, and you can get a clear and stable listening experience even in a sports state.

During the actual experience, I randomly selected a few pop and rock songs for trial listening. ​From the perspective of subjective hearing, this is a pair of balanced and keen earbuds that retain a good degree of looseness. Its theme is sharp and sharp, its capture of details is precise and delicate, and it has a big scene and a good momentum.

It is worth mentioning that the 360° spatial audio function has also been strongly added to the Vivo TWS 3 Pro. Support head tracking technology, adjust the head surround sound field in real time, and restore the real sound environment realistically. And the adaptation is quite sincere, supporting the audio sources of mainstream music platforms.

Battery Life, Game and Other

Using a portable power tester to conduct a wired charging test on vivo TWS 3 Pro, the charging power is about 2.14W. When the earbuds turn off the ANC mode, the single battery life can reach up to 6.8 hours. With the charging case, the total battery life can reach 30 hours. At the same time, vivo TWS 3 Pro supports fast charging function: charging for 15 minutes, listening to music for 4.5 hours.

Moreover, vivo TWS 3 Pro adopts Bluetooth 5.3 and LE Audio bluetooth audio technology, supports LC3 audio coding, and the full link delay is as low as 55ms, which can perfectly realize the synchronization of audio and video when playing games.

In other respects, vivo cooperated with professional medical equipment manufacturers to customize 2 high-precision dedicated temperature sensors for vivo TWS 3 Pro. Therefore, TWS 3 Pro has the function of real-time monitoring of body temperature, and this function basically does not consume extra power. The headset stem integrates both pinch and slide operations. The earbuds support IP54 dustproof and waterproof.

The touch experience is not good, not precise and sensitive enough. If you pinch the internal parts of the headset stem, there will be an uncomfortable harsh sound (it is not ruled out in individual cases). When sliding up and down, it will touch the ears and face, which is uncomfortable. Spatial audio I think is a bit worse.

Very light and very comfortable to wear. In terms of comfort, I think it surpasses Apple. When Apple turns on ANC for a long time, my ears will hurt, and I will feel a little dizzy and nauseous. This does not happen when vivo wears it for a long time, which is great. The real-time temperature monitoring function is also very good.

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