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Huawei FreeBuds 3: Apple AirPods Pro competitors launching imminently at €179 (~US$197)

The Huawei FreeBuds 3 will launch on November 18. (Image source: Huawei)
The Huawei FreeBuds 3 will launch on November 18. (Image source: Huawei)
Huawei is expanding the launch of its FreeBuds 3 beyond China within the next few days. The wireless earbuds will undercut the Apple AirPods Pro on price while featuring active noise cancellation (ANC) and a Kirin A1 SoC. Some preorders will include a complimentary 15 W wireless charger too.

Announced in September, Huawei is finally on the verge of bringing its FreeBuds 3 to Europe. To recap, the wireless earbuds to recap are powered by a Kirin A1, an SoC that incorporates a 356 MHz audio processor, dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1 and active noise cancellation (ANC). Huawei also claims that the earbuds have a built-in bone voice sensor to make your voice sound more natural to you during phone calls. The FreeBuds 3 can suppress wind noise too, thanks to their onboard microphone ducts and should last around four hours between charges.

As you may have already twigged, the FreeBuds 3 are practically the doppelgänger of the original AirPods, although Huawei sells them in black and white. By contrast, Apple continues to only sell its AirPods series in white.

Huawei will offer the FreeBuds 3 at €179 (~US$197) in Europe, matching the price at which Apple sells the standard AirPods. However, the FreeBuds 3 include a wireless charging case and ANC for that price, making them more comparable with the €100 (~US$100) more expensive AirPods Pro than the basic AirPods.

The FreeBuds 3 will go on sale in Germany from November 18, so expect them to arrive in neighbouring countries in the coming weeks and months. Huawei is currently running a promotional offer on the earbuds too, whereby it will bundle a 15 W wireless charger that retails for €59.99 (~US$66) with all preorders. The offer runs until December 15.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-11-15 (Update: 2019-11-15)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.