Wireless headphones come in a host of form factors though all of them attempt to balance audio quality with comfort and battery life. Unfortunately, there are often concessions for one feature at the expense of another and all too often, something falls by the wayside. The compact nature of wireless necklace-style earbuds often means tiny charging ports covered by equally miniscule covers that are an annoyance to open much less charge. Many also use increasingly dated micro USB ports which necessitates toting around a separate charging cable. That and the unnecessarily ponderous pairing process with your phone. The Huawei FreeLace wireless headphones that was announced at the same time as the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro tackles these annoyances and more.
In terms of design, the Huawei FreeLace is made like your standard necklace style wireless headphones with the necklace portion consisting of a half-necklace of memory metal slathered with liquid silicone to make it comfortable to wear for extended periods of time embellished with aluminium for the line-in controls that allow you to control playback. Each earbud packs a 9.2mm dynamic driver unit with wind noise reduction and noise cancelling tech for better quality audio.
What makes the Huawei FreeLace unique is that it ditches the need for toting around a charging cable. When wordpress you need to charge it, all you need to do is to pull the right side of the headphones to reveal a standard USB Type C port which you can jack into the P30 or for the matter anything with a USB Type-C port for charging. This nifty feature means that you needn’t have to carry a separate charging cable while you’re out and about. Five minutes of charging gives you four hours of playback time.
This feature also makes pairing an absolute doddle via Huawei’s HiPair tech. Once you plug the phone into a compatible Huawei phone running EMUI 9.1 or later, it automatically pairs it up with the FreeLace.
The built-in batteries offer 18 hours of playback or about 13 hours of talk time when paired to your phone. The Huawei FreeLace comes in four colours and will retail for €99 which is about RM455 in local currency. There’s no word on if it will arrive in Malaysia but odds are good that it will.