Huawei Announces New FreeBuds Pro Wireless Earbuds
At their official Developer Conference, Huawei unveiled a range of new consumer products including two new MateBook laptops, the MateBook X and MateBook 14, along with two new smartwatches, the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro and Watch Fit. They also took the wraps of their most premium true-wireless earbuds to date, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro. You can find out more about the key specs and features of these new earbuds below.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro
The new Huawei FreeBuds Pro are the company’s answer to Apple’s AirPods Pro and Sony’s WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds. Although some might say they offer more than a passing resemblance to the former, the new ‘cubic’ design on the stems should help differentiate these new premium earbuds from Huawei’s own offerings such as the FreeBuds 3i.
This design choice is not all for style purposes either as Huawei has included the ability to pinch and hold on the squared off stems to switch the device’s active noise cancellation (ANC) setting on and off along with being able to slide up and down to control volume. You can also quickly pinch to play and pause music, answer and hang up calls and double and triple pinch to skip forward or backwards in your music library.
Speaking of ANC, Huawei has 2 HD microphones built into each earbuds, one facing outward and the other in the internal audio canal, to actively monitor the sounds around you and counteract them to offer the best level of noise cancellation possible. Huawei claims these new earbuds are capable of 40db of noise cancellation depth which is one of the highest levels we’ve seen in wireless earbuds to date.
These new FreeBuds Pro are also said to have the world’s first ‘real-time precise environmental noise recognition’ system which will adjust the level of ANC on the fly, depending on the sounds that are around you. The 3 modes that the new system will choose between are ‘Cozy’, ‘General’ and ‘Ultra’ with ultra obviously offering the best ANC results possible so should be ideal for anyone looking to fly anytime soon.
When it comes to overall sound quality, Huawei has packed 11mm dynamic drivers into these new earbuds with new a ‘mechanical audio stabilisation system’ which is supposed to offer clearer audio, much like optical image stabilisation systems in cameras offer clearer photos.
They’ve upgraded the ‘uplink audio’ capabilities by using a total of 3 microphones in each earbuds, 2 external and 1 internal, along with their bone conduction technology, to help make voice calls as clear as possible for listeners on the other end.
For those of you who like to be aware of what’s going on around you, Huawei has also included a ‘Natural Awareness’ mode which you can enable by pinching the stem of one of the earbuds to allow external audio in, just so you don’t have to keep taking your earbuds in and out to hear someone talking for example.
Thankfully, the new FreeBuds Pro also allow dual device connectivity so you can hook them up to your laptop and phone at the same time for example.
When it comes to battey life, Huawei claim users can expect 4 and a half hours of usage on a single charge with ANC turned on and 7 and a half hours with it off. Including the case, battery life overall is said to be 30 hours so not quite up there with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ or Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2.
Pricing & Availability
The Huawei FreeBuds Pro will be launching at the end of September for €179 and should be available in 3 colour options, Graphite Black, Ceramic White and Silver Frost.