Huawei unveils Freebuds Pro, its new weapon to counter AirPods Pro

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After more or less good tests on its Freebuds 3i and Freebuds 3, Huawei is pushing its true wireless headphones to the next level. The manufacturer gave birth to the FreeBuds Pro, a € 200 model to compete with Apple's AirPods Pro.

Huawei was full of announcements during its developer conference. Among the crowd of products presented, the manufacturer was able to unsheathe the high-end version of its famous Freebuds headphones: the Freebuds Pro. Whether in design or functionality, the latter's great similarity to AirPods Pro has not escaped everyone's notice.

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The appearance of the earphones and the charging case is indeed clearly inspired by Apple's flagship model. Huawei has nevertheless taken care to change the appearance of the "branch" part of the headphones by opting for a parallelepiped shape. The Chinese giant promises comfort at all times thanks to the compact and lightweight design of the headphones as well as the shape of the tips … again very close to what we find on AirPods Pro. Huawei has gone even further by also incorporating a function to ensure that the headphones are correctly positioned at the entrance to the ear canal.

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No, the Freebuds Pro aren't AirPods Pro with a mustache at all …

The resemblance does not of course stop there since the interaction with the Freebuds Pro also seems very close to that of the AirPods Pro: some controls (activation / deactivation of active noise reduction, volume management) are directly accessible by pressing or by sliding your finger on the tactile part of the earphone “branch”. During his presentation, Huawei obviously focused on the performance of its Active Noise Reduction, which it promises not only will be the most effective on the market ahead of its main competitors WF-1000XM3 and AirPods Pro, but also that it will mark the spirits as the first “dynamic” RBA in the world. Thanks to the sensors integrated in the headphones and to an in-depth analysis of the surrounding noise, this “Dynamic Noise Reduction” would be able to automatically adjust the level of insulation according to several usage scenarios: an idea initiated in particular by Sony with some of its Bluetooth headsets and headphones, but which here seems more successful and relevant.

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The Freebuds Pro promise a battery life of 4.5 hours with active noise reduction and 7 hours without this feature per full charge of the headphones. When fully charged via USB C, the carrying case can provide them with just over three full charges.

Another priority for FreeBuds Pro is voice pickup quality. Huawei therefore placed two microphones and a sensor for detecting jaw vibrations by earpiece, all supported by a house signal processing algorithm. The FreeBuds Pro thus promise excellent call quality, even in windy conditions, as well as a very natural listening mode for surrounding noise. Regarding wireless communication, this model is “the first in the world” to integrate two antennas per earpiece for exemplary connection stability. The FreeBuds Pro are also advertised as compatible with the multipoint connection (two devices simultaneously). Huawei did not specifically dwell on the sound performance of its new headphones, but we do know that they have 11mm speakers.

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Freebuds Pro will land in October for € 199. They will be available in three colors: gray, white or black.

A Pro version of FreeLace also appeared during this conference. This retains the unique and atypical “HiPair” functionality (charging and pairing via the USB C cable housed in the neck part) with a redesigned design in the earpiece part and the integration of active noise reduction. Three built-in microphones are present for calls. This model promises a solid autonomy of 24 hours. The sound part is provided by two 14 mm loudspeakers.

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The FreeLace Pro will hit the market this month for $ 119. Three different colors will be offered: black, green or white.

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