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The Huawei FreeBuds 3i true wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation at an affordable price

By Ng Chong Seng - on 6 May 2020, 4:12pm

The Huawei FreeBuds 3i true wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation at an affordable price

(Image: Huawei.)

At last year’s IFA, Huawei unveiled the FreeBuds 3, a set of true wireless earphones powered by the Kirin A1 chip. Priced at S$238, it uses 14mm dynamic drivers and offers up to 20 hours battery life with the charging case (4 hours on the earbuds at each go).

And now, there’s a FreeBuds 3i. Announced earlier today, the new Bluetooth 5.0 TWS earbuds continue to come with active noise cancellation, powered by two microphones (one facing outwards, the other in) on each bud. There’s also a third mic at the end of the stem that helps to better pick up your voice during calls.

Regarding specs, the FreeBuds 3i uses 10mm dynamic drivers and has integrated capacitive sensors on both earbuds to let you play music, take calls and activate ANC with just a quick tap. Playback also pauses automatically when you remove the earbuds and resumes when you put them back.

According to Huawei, a full charge offers 3.5 hours of battery life. With the charging case, you can get up to 14.5 hours of use (note: this is without ANC). Like the 3, you can pop open the 3i’s case to pair; battery status of each component — case, left and right buds — will also be shown. Charging of the case is via USB-C.

Design-wise, the FreeBuds 3i’s case now sports a new pill-shape design, which is quite different from the 8-month-old FreeBuds 3’s round case. The earbuds themselves sport ‘cone-shaped main bodies’ and the box comes with four differently sized silicone tips to ensure you get a comfortable fit and good seal. Two colour options are available: white and black.

The Huawei FreeBuds 3i is priced at £90 (about S$160); we’ll update this news when we hear more about its local availability.

Source: Huawei.