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Huawei's FreeBuds 4 have an "open-fit" design so you don't feel like something is sticking into your ears (Updated)

By Kenny Yeo - on 15 Jul 2021, 8:09pm

Huawei's FreeBuds 4 have an "open-fit" design so you don't feel like something is sticking into your ears (Updated)

Note: This article was first published on 6 July 2021 and it was updated on 15 Jul 2021 2000hrs with local availability and pricing details.

(Image source: Huawei)

The FreeBuds 4 are the latest addition to Huawei's ever-growing portfolio of wireless audio devices.

Not to be confused with the FreeBuds 4i that was launched previously, the FreeBuds 4 also have active noise cancellation but they have what Huawei calls an "open-fit" design. 

This really just means they sit outside your ear canals and don't have tips that go into them. Not everyone likes the feeling of something sticking into their ears. However, that could also mean they might give a feel of not being seated firmly in your ear, even if they are by virtue of a different design that works with the shape of your outer ear area.

Another common concern is that this kind of design lacks a good seal. Despite the open design, Huawei claims the FreeBuds 4, with its adaptive ear-matching technology and active noise cancellation, can block up to 25dB of surrounding noise.

(Image source: Huawei)

The stem features touch controls to manage playback, volume, and activate and deactivate active noise cancelling.

Inside, the FreeBuds 4 have 14.3mm dynamic drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) composite diaphragms. It's one of the largest I've seen in any earphone.

To overcome the lack of bass that might result from the loose seal, the FreeBuds 4 have "bass-enhancing power engines" to boost its bass response. 

And if you are also using a Huawei phone or notebook, the FreeBuds 4 pairs almost instantaneously with them. The FreeBuds 4 is also one of the few true wireless earbuds to support multipoint connection. You can connect to two devices simultaneously and switch between them seamlessly.

Battery life, sadly, seems to be a little short. Huawei claims up to 2.5 hours on a single charge with ANC on (up to 4 hours with ANC off). With the charging case, you get up to 14 hours with ANC on (up 22 hours with ANC off).

 

Availability and pricing

The FreeBuds 4 come in two colours: Silver Frost and Ceramic White. (Image source: Huawei)

No word yet on local availability and pricing but we know for a fact that the FreeBuds 4 will be coming to Singapore soon. For reference, the Huawei FreeBuds 4 are priced at 999 yuan (~S$208) in China.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 will be available for pre-order from 17 July to 23 July at a special price of S$178 (U.P: S$198). Customers will pre-order will also receive a free protective case.

You can pre-order on Huawei's official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 will be available in retail from 24 July at all Huawei Experience Stores and major retailers like Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass Online.

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