Huawei's FreeBuds copy the AirPods, double the battery life

Say what you will about Huawei, but it is determined to walk the fine line between imitating Apple's design, and altering it just enough so as not to get into legal trouble. It's a hotch-potch of feelings, though, as the new P20 and P20 Pro sport a notch and vertical cameras, but at the same time carry unique features, especially in the camera department, so it's not exactly blatant copycatting that Huawei engages in, bur rather going with the trend flow, and enhancing it in the process.

Case in point - the company announced truly wireless earphones called FreeBuds, which is as suggestive of a name as it can be for Bluetooth buds sans wires. Huawei promises 10 hours of playback on a charge, and extra charges from the supplied case. This is almost twice as long as current truly wireless earphones; even Apple's AirPods which are some of the best in that respect. The thing is, however, that the FreeBuds look very, very similar to the AirPods, sticking stems and all, which can startle the initiated a bit when they see the two models next to each other. 

Still, the FreeBuds offer a black option, which Apple doesn't, a silicon tip for more secure fit, and, did we mention the 10-hour playback promise? There must be some new Qualcomm chippery and Bluetooth 5.0 tech inside to hit that mark, but we'll have to take them for a spin before we reach a verdict on performance and real battery life. The price? Why, at €159, it undercuts the AirPods in Europe by a twenty, but rights their wrongs, so the FreeBuds might find a decent market acceptance when Huawei lets them out in the open.

source: Huawei via TheVerge



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

In ear is far better for me but never would I purchase this qtip design.

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Finally true wireless earbuds with decent battery life!

4. torr310

Posts: 1675; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I agree with the battery life but the copycat design is shameless and it is so ugly!

7. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Finally? 5 straight hours of listening and a charger for another 20 hours isn’t enough? I’m guessing you are just trolling.

16. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's not....when they are in charger, you can't use them....if you are traveling a lot, even 10h is not a lot

18. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

10 hours is a lot for that kind of design. If you want something that last longer you need a headphone and not this type. Most true wireless earbuds has an average of 5-6 hours playback.

17. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Nope, It's 10-hours straight playback not 5 hours idiot

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No it's not, not even close.

3. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

It takes some guts to say “innovation doesn’t stop with the HuaweiP20” as aside camera the phone looks like a wannabe iPhone X with chin on the bottom side. Btw thumbs up to Huawei for that innovative Leica triple camera setup.

5. kunme

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 29, 2017

Say no to China.

6. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I get borrowing ideas but....

8. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The fact that Asian companies and particular Chinese have copying in their blood was already known, but Huawei went too far. It's particularly embarrassing considering that they are not a no-name, white box manufacturer, but a rather well known brand. I wouldn't buy their new P20 or these earbuds out of principle, even if they are great products.

10. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah this is a weird decision but the battery life is nice though, along with the black option.

11. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Not copy cat they are using in ear canal, I really hate those type they should have copied apple but put rubber coating to stop them falling out my ears.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I agree.

12. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I was diehard huawei fan till launch of this crap p20 and f/_/ckěď up with 3.5mm jack but no more a fan will look to something else but concern is Samsung is last standing in 3.5mm ballpark

13. gamehead unregistered

Double the battery and probably half the price

15. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I don't care if they copied Apple. As a consumer I want the best technology for the cheapest possible. That's my only concern.

19. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Getting a cheaper device similar to airpods doesn't result in better or same quality as the apple airpods.

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