Huawei Free Buds 3 Review: Hands on

First impressions

Good sound and impressive noise cancellation for size, it may be the AirPod alternatives that Huawei fans were waiting for.

Key specifications

  • Active noise suppression
  • Charge case with USB-C and Qi charging
  • Black or white
  • 4 hours charge per charge
  • 20 hours overtime from the case

They might look a bit like Apple AirPods, but the Huawei Buds 3 Buds are surprisingly interesting thanks to the noise suppression.

With the Mate 30 its grand unveiling at an event dedicated to Munich on September 19th IFA 2019 saw Huawei focus on other versions like new colors for the P30 Pro and these Free Buds 3.

Huawei Free Buds 3 Design and sound – Noise suppression allows them to stand out

The Free Buds 3 look a lot like the Apple AirPod, although there are some differences. The most obvious is that you can take them in a brilliant black color, which gives them a stealthy appearance.

As these are true wireless headphones, some of the packaging is a practical case that will protect the buds and keep them charged even if they are not used. This case is different from that of Apple, because it is circular, instead of being rectified and slightly larger.

An LED light on the inside allows you to know the battery level and another indicator on the outside to know the overall charge of the case.

huawei free buds 3

The buttons feel a little bigger than the AirPods when you wear them. go out a little more. Unlike other ANC buds, these are sitting in your ear rather than sinking into your ear canal.

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Inside the Free Buds 3 is the all-new Huawei A1 chip. This will not only power Huawei’s future headphones, but also other smart devices, including watches and smart glasses. The chip is equipped with Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth Low Energy 5 technologies as well as a dual-channel BT connection that reduces latency and increases power consumption compared to previous Free Buds. It also offers a quick coupling feature similar to AirPods that connects the heads to your nearby Huawei phone.

ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) is the main feature of this tool and, in my short test period, it worked quite well. Noise cancellation blocks the sound of your environment and Huawei said that these buds could reduce ambient noise by 15 dB. I tested them at a busy table and the effect instantly reduced the noise of other guests without adding too much annoying whistling. I would not say it was as effective as the cancellation over the ear, but it was impressive for such a small pair of heads.

huawei free buds 3

With a clever software tip, you can change the level of noise cancellation by moving it from one side to the other. You can also turn it off completely. The sound quality is good too, at least compared to a pair of AirPod and Galaxy Buds. The bass is particularly strong for such a small pair of headphones. Of course, we will need to spend a lot more time with these heads to judge the sound quality.

Huawei Free Buds 3 Battery Life – Fast and Wireless Charging

Huawei said they expect the buds themselves to wait four hours per charge, the case providing 20 hours overtime in all. You can charge everything wirelessly or with a USB-C cable, with a complete wired charge taking only 30 minutes.

You can also use the reverse charge function on the Mate 20 Pro, P30 Pro or even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 wirelessly charge the Free Buds 3 with your smartphone.

Huawei Free Buds 3 – Early Verdict

Good sound and impressive noise cancellation for size, it may be the AirPod alternatives that Huawei fans were waiting for.

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