Huawei FreeBuds 3i: AirPods Pro on a budget
Huawei has launched the FreeBuds 3i, its latest set of TWS earbuds. Essentially reverting to the design of its original FreeBuds or the FreeBuds Lite, the FreeBuds 3i unashamedly resembles the original AirPods too.
However, while Apple charges US$249 for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Huawei has priced the FreeBuds 3i at US$112, or £89.99 in the UK. Capable of reducing noise levels down by up to 32 dB(A), the FreeBuds 3i includes 10 mm dynamic drivers and polymer composite diaphragms to maximise audio quality.
Huawei has also incorporated three microphones per earbud and bundles four sizes of ear tips in the box. Weighing 11 g, the FreeBuds 3i has a combined 74 mAh battery that Huawei claims will deliver up to 3:30 hours of talk time with active noise cancellation enabled. The bundled charging case also has a 410 mAh battery that is rated to give the earbuds up to 14:30 hours of battery life.
The FreeBuds 3i is IPX4 certified and will pause music or videos if you remove them from your ears. Similarly, they will resume playback once you insert them again.
Huawei will start selling the FreeBuds 3i in Ceramic from May 17, with a Ceramic Black version due to arrive a month later. Both will retail for US$112 or £89 in the UK.