Huawei is known for their smartphones, electronics and various other components. They recently have been in the news for having their smartphones being banned in the U.S. But Huawei not only does those type of products. They also do TWS Earphones.
You might have heard of the Huawei Flypods. But this article is going to talk about their premium offering, the Huawei Freebuds.
There are many versions of Huawei Freebuds. We will cover them all and review them all and tell you what suits you best!
Types of Huawei Freebuds
#1 – Huawei Freebuds Lite
Let’s first get to the cheaper version if you can call it that. Huawei Freebuds Lite is the most affordable Freebuds out there. It’s priced around $50 and has a spate of features that is sure to blow your mind. Here is the Huawei Freebuds Lite Review.
Inside the Box
Inside the box, you get the charging box, the TWS earphones, 3 ear tips for different ear sizes, a cable and an instruction manual.
It doesn’t need an instruction manual as it is easy to set up.
The first thing everybody talks about when it comes to TWS earphones is the design. Why? Honestly it’s because the Apple Airpods has a design that not a lot of people like. The Huawei Freebuds are inspired by golf clubs according to the designers.
When it comes to the design it’s a cross between the Apple Airpods and normal wired earphones. I personally love the style of how the Freebuds look. It comes in two colours – Carbon Black and Ceramic White.
The outside portion of the earbuds have a clean and simple design. On the inside you will see a bunch of sensors. We will get into this a bit later.
So does the design help you fit in your ear?
Honestly of all the TWS earbuds that are there. The Huawei Freebuds design are perfect for a right fit. Why? Because these fit snugly into your ear and you can modify the size of the buds with the eartips to fit your ear perfectly.
It is made of a soft silicone which is comfortable in your ear. The earplugs are ‘Breathable’ ear plugs which makes it perfect while working out and lets in a little ambient sound which makes it safe while you are outside and doesn’t have the echo effect within the ear.
They look slightly bigger than the Apple Airpods when you wear them, so in terms of a size comparison it’s a tad bigger.
Set-up, Function and Use
Just like other TWS devices, the Huawei Freebuds comes with a charging box. When you place the earbuds inside the box, it starts charging the earbuds.
So how do you connect to your phone? If you have previously paired it, when you open the box, it automatically connects to your previously paired device.
If you haven’t paired it, then you need to go through the usual process of Bluetooth connectivity etc.
This is a pretty advanced device that knows when you are wearing it and when you have removed it with the help of the in-built sensor. When you remove the earbuds out of your ear, the music automatically stops and it starts playing when you put it back in.
The touch control makes this a solid device. When you double tap the left earpbud, you can activate the voice control. That is either Google Assistant or Siri if you have an iPhone. If you double tap the right earphone you can pause and play. In my opinion, this feature is not required as you can pause/play when you remove the earbuds from your ear.
You can also pickup and end calls seamlessly with a double tap on either earphone. There are two microphones on each earbud to help with noise cancellation when you are outside and there is too much ambient noise.
It is IPX4 rated and can withstand sweat and rain.
Now coming to the sound quality. The sound quality on the Huawei Freebuds lite is pretty awesome. It gives you direct to the ear sound that isn’t too sharp. The problem with most earphones is the ambient noise that overpowers the sound from the earphones. In case of the Freebuds lite you have dual microphones that ensures that the sound from the earbuds is loud enough.
Each battery has a 55 mAh battery built-in and the charging case has about 410 mAh. According to Huawei, you get a 12 hour battery time that includes the charging box. You get a 3 hour playtime on a single charge and you get a 90 minute playtime on charging of 15 minutes.
These are some pretty incredible numbers in my opinion and will last you more than a day even if you use the earphones for a few hours during the day.
#2 – Huawei Freebuds 2 / Freebuds 2 Pro
The Huawei Freebuds 2 / Freebuds 2 Pro is a good $50 more than the Freebuds lite. So what is different? How is it better?
Is it also better than the Apple Airpods considering it’s $100 cheaper? Let’s find out!
Inside The Box
You will find two high quality TWS earphones, one charging USB cable, one charging box and earphone holder and an instruction manual.
The design of the Huawei Freebuds 2 is fundamentally different from the Freebuds. This is more in sync with the Airpods than the Freebuds lite. It comes in two colours and it’s a super good looking device.
It has a sensor and an audio outlet on the inside and a very tiny sensor on the outside. The neck is slim, and the base is nice and strong.
In terms of a fit, it fits snugly and just like how the Airpods fits everybody’s ear magically, it’s the same with the Huawei Freebuds 2.
The charging box looks super stylish and has a magnetic base that attracts the earpods towards it. The opening is also smooth and awesome.
The design for this Freedbuds 2 pro is not everybody’s cup of tea. So if the design is a concern for you, then you need to go for the Freebuds lite.
Set-up, Functions and Performance
In terms of set-up, it’s pretty easy to connect your phone with the Freebuds. When you open the box, a pop-up window appears through which you can connect your phone to the Freebuds. Once you have paired a device with it, it automatically connects every time you open the box.
It’s a pretty seamless experience.
It works on Bluetooth 5.0, which is the latest Bluetooth standard that gives you a super strong signal.
One of the more interesting features is the Bone Voiceprint Sensor. It uses AI capabilities to understand your voice and you can perform various functions through voice control such as unlocking your device, authorizing transactions and so on.
Similar to the Freebuds lite, it has the touch sensor feature. Double-tap on the left earbud for voice control, double-tap the right earbud to pause and play. Double-tap either ear to pick up the call.
You can also charge the Freebuds using a wireless charger or if you happen to have a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, then you can reverse charge this device using the phone.
Its IP54 rated, that makes it waterproof and dustproof.
There is a lot of technology that has gone behind the making of these Freebuds. It has a 13mm dynamic horn and a half in-ear design that creates an immersive listening experience. There are noise cancellation features too that is possible because of the two mics that is there on the top and the bottom.
This makes it perfect for phone calls too as well as listening to music, where there is a lot of ambient noise.
In terms of battery life, one can easily speak for 15 hours straight and on a single charge of the headset, you can speak for 2 hours straight. So what about music? Music takes lesser battery power and hence you can easily have up to 20 hours of use.
It has a 420 mAh battery.
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