The shape puts more weight close to your ears, reducing the annoyance of open-fitted earbuds from the previous year. I like them as much as possible inside my ears, so I don’t worry about slipping them out when I go. The squat design also helps anchor them and I never had to worry about them, even when circling my head.
Freebuds Pro also ships with small, medium and large tips to ensure they fit all types of ears. In addition, the companion app – which we were unable to attempt at the time of publication – will be able to tell you which will improve your fit.
The outside of both buds has a visual sensor that you will use to control playback and volume. As always, the tap pauses playback and swipes change the volume, while a nice pinch – like the AirPods Pro – cycles through active noise cancellation options. One pinch activates active noise cancellation (ANC), while the other turns you into “awareness” mode, allowing certain sounds, such as sounds, to bleed to help you live in the environment around you.
Huawei has stated that the ANC of FreeBuds Pro can now sink up to 40dB of ambient sound (3 ups with 15dB open design), and I can see that. At a large family dinner, I asked everyone to have a loud and animated conversation. And, to my surprise, it managed to smoothen the chat well below the point of being distracted.
One thing that has not changed from FreeBuds 3 is the internal, which is still using Huawei’s Kirin A1 chip. However, the company has managed to achieve a total battery life of 30 hours before needing to head with a charger. And you’ll get close to seven and a half hours of listening outside of each bud with ANC enabled and seven with ANC disabled. Thankfully, a full recharge inside the case takes just 40 minutes (and the case only needs an hour, anyway).
FreeBuds Pro will cost € 199 ($ 236) when they launch in all markets in October, with Huawei being able to sell.
At the same time, Huawei is also unveiling its latest flagship smartwatch, the GT2 Pro, which has a sapphire glass case and Titanic body. Available in two body types – Classic and Sport – it will pack 100 different workout modes including support for golf and snow sports. You will also receive weather warnings and a GPS breadcrumb trail should be lost in the forest.
Huawei is using this moment to remind everyone about the Watch Fit, which it announced a week ago outside of Europe. The device has a lot of similarities with the Honor Watch ES which was announced on 4 September. The stretched apple watch is on focus, fitness and live coaching with a watch-style screen, with 44 animated performances.
The Watch GT2 Pro is being launched in September, with the Sport model priced at € 329, while the Classic version will set you back € 349. On the other hand, the Watch Fit costs € 129, and all three devices are available in the very near future.