Huawei presented new products at its HDC developer conference on Thursday, September 10. In addition to laptops and smartwatches, new headphones with active noise reduction. However, buyers should not be dazzled by the addition of the name “Pro”.
With Huawei, the hut literally burns down. Not only is the Chinese tech giant currently grappling with the drastic embargo from the United States, they are also introducing new products, which will likely keep all employees busy for now.
Huawei’s new FreeBuds Pro are very impressive on paper. They belong to the category of True Wireless headphones and of course remind us somehow of the Apple model. But that’s nothing new to the headphone market.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro: a solid technical sheet, but not really pro
Huawei FreeBuds Pro feature active noise reduction, which Huawei calls “intelligent dynamic noise reduction”. During the preliminary briefing, Huawei explained to us that noise reduction works with artificial intelligence and can reduce ambient noise by up to 40 decibels.
A test should specify how it works on a daily basis. Older models of Huawei headphones had problems with ambient noise, such as from trains, which at one point was no longer filtered out.
The FreeBuds Pro come with angular rods, a feature that sets them apart from the rest of the market and supports Bluetooth 5.2 as well as standard AAC and SBC audio codecs. Advanced audio codecs such as AptX or AptX-HD from Qualcomm are not supported.
The new True Wireless headphones will deliver up to 30 hours of listening time, according to Huawei. This is made possible by the batteries of the headphones (55 mAh) and the charging case (580 mAh), which can also be recharged wirelessly.
Huawei uses a single dynamic driver with an average size of 11 millimeters in diameter as well as three microphones which are supposed to support ANC in voice mode. The Huawei FreeBuds Pro will be available from October 2 in ceramic white, carbon black and Silver Frost, that is to say in white, black and silver.
Huawei offers a suggested retail price of 179 euros, which avoids further comparisons to Apple’s much more expensive AirPods Pro.
For athletes: Huawei FreeLace now have a Pro version
Huawei clearly highlighted the FreeBuds Pro in its presentation. But there was also news for music lovers who don’t want to miss out on powerful bass, especially when it comes to sports. The neckband earphone market is still alive and well, so Huawei also gave the FreeLaces a pro version.
The most important feature is the active noise reduction of sports headphones. The sensors in the headphones also offer smart functions. When the headphones are turned on, they automatically connect to the smartphone via Bluetooth.
In addition, the FreeLace Pro has a port finder and recognizes when in use and automatically stops playback when both headphones are removed. The Huawei FreeLace Pro will also be available from October 2 at a price of 119 euros in black, green and white.
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