Huawei's next AirPods rival will charge wirelessly on top of the Mate 20

Huawei's next AirPods rival will charge wirelessly on top of the Mate 20
Earlier this year, alongside the P20 and P20 Pro, Huawei announced its own take on Apple’s AirPods: The FreeBuds. On paper, the idea seemed pretty good, but in actual fact, the product ended up looking like a cheap knockoff of Apple’s version. Since then, Huawei has been hard at work refining its alternative and, come next month, will debut a significantly improved version dubbed FreeBuds 2 Pro.

Looks-wise, the new wireless earphones appear to have been shortened slightly, bringing down to the length of Apple's AirPods. Moreover, the bulkiness of the previous in-ear part has been reduced too. In fact, Huawei has replaced the previous design with a completely new one that does away with the rubber tips. When it comes to features, the new FreeBuds 2 Pro integrate support for the Hi-Res Wireless Audio protocol, allowing for a significantly improved audio experience. Also, the accessory can act as a headset and can also be used to communicate with the Google Assistant whenever connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This will be helped by the improved voice recognition that comes with the new bone sensor – the earphones can actively distinguish the user’s voice via bone conduction.

As with the original FreeBuds, the second-generation will also make use of a charging case. However, some major modifications have been made. First off, the overall look is now much more reminiscent of the charging case Apple bundles in with its AirPods. Secondly, Huawei has bundled in wireless charging. This is where things get interesting because, just as illustrated in the image above, the new case will be compatible with QI wireless charger. In addition, though, the case can also be recharged by placing it on the rear of the Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro.

As with these two smartphones, Huawei’s FreeBuds 2 Pro will go official on October 16 in London. It’s unclear when shipments of the new accessory will begin but pricing in Europe is expected to sit between €150 and €160.


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17 Comments

1. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Here we go with this mess

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2116; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Downright a shame and crime...again Huawei needs to stick with telecom rather than mobile as they have so much design infringement for their phones, PC & Tablets, and wearables...

3. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They're only doing what Apple, Samsung, LG, and others do. Shamelessly copy the competition and attempt to put a unique spin on it.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21336; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. But leave it to many of those fans like him to ignore what his OEM of choice has shamelessly copied.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They're only doing what Apple, Samsung, LG, and others do. Shamelessly copy the competition and attempt to put a unique spin on it.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They're only doing what Apple, Samsung, LG, and others do. Shamelessly copy the competition and attempt to put a unique spin on it.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They're only doing what Apple, Samsung, LG, and others do. Shamelessly copy the competition and attempt to put a unique spin on it.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7465; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Say that one more time for the people in the back...

8. surethom

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Absolutely terrible they need a rubber coating to stay in ears. Bad decisions going for smooth plastic like apple. Still no wireless earphones that are good enough, hat bullet design as well.

11. S4NDY

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

what about original Freebuds?

9. surethom

Posts: 1579; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Need a black or matte bark silver colour. White stand out like a sore thumb.

10. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol you guys can hate all you want. Everybody copies.. Get over it. Only consumers get rewarded. As for me, I'm excited as hell.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21336; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. OEM's copy each other all the time, and their favorites aren't exempt from this. And this right here is a pretty slick implementation of wireless charging.

14. ahmadkun

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2016

We don't mind 'em to get inspiration of each other but when you take some ones product and but a gold rings and your logo on it that means you have nothing to offer just to relay on others effort to make money.. you even don't respect your audience.. so i just rather to get the real one from the start .

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3814; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Horrible looking design just like the air pods but smart to be able to user the iPhone as a charger. Would like to see that in a future icon x upgrade.

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nice knockoffs.

17. Sparkxster

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good looking design. Wonder how many hrs of battery life they get before needing to be recharged? Hope they retain the freebuds 10hr battery life.

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