Sound is an intensely personal thing. It’s something that we intimately know when it’s right and something we instantly recognise when it’s wrong even if it’s delayed by a second or warped in some way. Sometimes, we’re seeking a moment of quiet solitude to rest and reflect or to focus on the task at hand. That’s where Huawei’s new FreeBuds 3 wireless earphones come into the picture.
While good things don’t come cheap, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 manages to be way ahead of the curve as it not only takes on its contemporaries in performance but at a lower price too without any compromise.
While proponents argue for the recently released AirPods Pro that has a similar form factor but a significantly higher price tag as the pinnacle of contemporary earphones, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 manages to cram in a heady combination of active noise cancelling technology, close to 20 hours of battery life and superb sound reproduction on account of a host of technologies centred around their Kirin A1 processor, all at a price point that’s significantly more affordable than the competition at RM679.
For those on the fence on their next pair of wireless earphones, here’s 5 awesome reasons just why the Huawei FreeBuds 3 are one of the best wireless earphones in its price range and even beyond that too…
#1 High-powered Kirin A1 chipset for low-latency and seamless sound-to-video synchronisation
Nothing kills immersion faster than poor quality audio or worse, laggy or delayed sound transmission which is why many users are sticking to plain old wired earphones in an age of wireless earbuds.
Out of sync audio is a literal killer especially if you’re gaming on your smartphone in Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG) or Call of Duty Mobile (CODM) where every second and every bit of sensory input counts. An audio delay of a few hundreds of a millisecond can be the difference between you scoring a win or getting hit by a high caliber sniper round from a mile off or missing out on an ambusher lurking in wait.
Or worse, imagine watching your favourite show like the new Mandalorian series and then experience hearing the majestic soundtrack or explosions a second later from what you see onscreen. All this boils down to one problem – signal delay.
Fortunately, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 is able to tackle the problem head-on with its Kirin A11 wearable chipset that integrates a unique low-latency algorithm to deliver synchronised audio for content and gaming. The Kirin A1 processor is one of the first chipsets to pack Bluetooth/Bluetooth Low Emission (BT/BLE) dual-mode to offer a consistently smooth connection.
As a True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earphone, the FreeBuds 3 also take advantage of dual-channel synchronous transmission tech, allowing both earphones to receive left and right channel signals directly from the source, in this case, a smartphone like the Mate30 series, as opposed to the more commonplace method of single channel transmission where one earphone pushes audio to the other seen in other earphones.
Combined with the low-latency algorithm, the FreeBuds 3 offer a superbly low 190ms delay for audio while also avoiding interference from other WiFi and Bluetooth signals that are usually in the 2.4GHz band and which leads to signal dropouts and interference. The dual-channel synchronous transmission method also reduces power consumption and which in turn also improves battery life as well as signal disconnects too. The end result of this heady blend of tech? Low-latency, high quality sound on the go, anytime, anywhere.
#2 World’s first open active noise cancellation True Wireless Stereo earphones
As the world’s first semi in-ear, active noise-cancelling Bluetooth earphones, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 are engineered for exceptional comfort. At the design stage, Huawei ensures that the FreeBuds 3 earphones conform to the shape of a human ear canal in order to ensure an optimum fit based on 9 unique characteristic measurement points derived from people of different ages, genders, ear canal sizes and wearing habits.
By offering a superior fit, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 is also able to offer a modicum of passive noise cancellation though it also boasts of superior active noise cancellation tech that ensures superior call and audio quality even amidst noise environments.
In order to ensure crystal clear voice calls, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 also integration what they call bone voiceprint call noise reduction. A built-in sensor actively measures the vibrations that occur when we talk during phone calls and actively focuses on this while squelching background noise.
This is also complemented by Huawei’s wind noise reduction design. This design feature effectively helps to reduce that annoying whistling wind noise when jogging or cycling.
To take full advantage of all these advanced features, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 uses the free AI Life app that is available for free download on the Huawei App Gallery and the Google Play Store. The AI Life app is also usable by other products in the Huawei Smart Life ecosystem too such as the Gentle Monster Eyewear or other IoT devices.
#3 Intuitively swift connectivity and seamless interactivity with the FreeBuds 3
For many earbuds, getting it paired with your smartphone every time you want to use it becomes a repetitive, laborious chore. The Huawei FreeBuds 3 as part of the brand’s Smart Life ecosystem makes it significantly easier.
Once already paired with a Mate30 series smartphone, the FreeBuds 3 will automatically and instantly pair with your Mate30 series phone the moment you pop open its charging case. From the moment you open the case to putting it in your ears takes a mere 3 seconds so you can instantly get started working through your music playlist and less time fiddling about.
It gets better. Via Huawei’s ‘Smart Life’ app, you’re able to truly customise the controls of the FreeBuds 3, enabling you to set double-click functionality, control or pause music playback, enable or disable active noise cancellation or turn the voice assistant on or off via the left or right earphone at will. You’re even able to check how much battery life is left on the FreeBuds 3 via your smartphone too as a notification.
#4 Blazing Fast Reverse Wireless Charging with 24 Hours Battery Life
Superior audio quality is just one aspect of the FreeBuds 3’s phenomenal performance as it also offers exceptional endurance as well. At full charge, the FreeBuds3 is capable of offering up to four hours of usage to take calls and enjoy music with the charging case offering an additional 20 hours of battery life. At full charge, you’re able to enjoy about 12 hours of full-on uninterrupted talk time which is quite an achievement indeed.
While endurance is one thing, getting back in the game fast is another and the FreeBuds 3 hosts charging via a USB Type-C port so that you needn’t have to tote around an additional charging cable on the move. Better yet, it hosts reverse wireless charging too, enabling you to simply place it on the backplate of the Mate30 Pro for a recharging on the go even if you didn’t bring your charging cable, with a full charge taking just 2.5 hours.
#5 – Form and Function Melded Into a Harmonious Whole
Both form and function are given equal consideration in the FreeBuds 3 wireless earbuds. The external charging case was designed in a smooth, rounded shape akin to a river-smoothed stone to allow for an easier grip and to ensure it doesn’t snag on anything in your purse or pockets while it has been sized to make it comfortably easy enough and open one-handed.
Each earbud has also been given equal consideration with an ergonomic yet comfortable open-fit design that does not compromise on performance that Huawei has dubbed the Dolphin Bionic design.
Add in Huawei’s dual-channel synchronous transmission on account of their Kirni A1 processor, an exceptionally low 190ms delay which is lower than even that of Apple’s vaunted AirPods, the FreeBuds 3’s 14mm dynamic drivers and dedicated bass tube that delivers rich, deeper bass, active noise cancelling technology as well as being the world’s first wireless earbuds that support Bluetooth 5.1 and you have one of the most desirable and powerful earbuds on the planet.
That’s not all though, the FreeBuds 3 are an integrated part of what Huawei calls their Smart Life ecosystem. Effortless pairing and seamless connectivity with a host of other Huawei technologies in their Smart Life ecosystem including their Mate30 series phones, Watch GT 2 smartwatches and Gentle Monster series eyewear enable it to achieve its full potential and users to live a truly smart life.
Where can you buy the Huawei FreeBuds 3 wireless earphones?
The Huawei FreeBuds 3 comes in your choice of either a classic shade of black or white for RM679. With all-day battery life, active noise cancellation, swift and intuitive pairing as well as rich and low latency audio, the FreeBuds 3 are a compelling proposition, more so for the fact that they retail at a very tempting RM679. The FreeBuds 3 are available nationwide at any authorised Huawei retail store or online at their official store here.
Plus – Free 50GB Cloud Storage for Mate30 series phones
Huawei is offering 50GB of free cloud storage for three months with every purchase of a Mate30 or Mate30 Pro in Malaysia. All you have to do to claim it is to login to your Huawei ID via your Mate30 series’ settings menu. Essentially, all you need to do is:
1) Login with your Malaysia HUAWEI ID
2) Setting > Account > Cloud > Upgrade Cloud Storage > Claim 50 GB (valid for 3 months only)