Taking a quick look at LG's answer to the AirPods with the Tone Free


Thanks to the actions of companies like Apple and Motorola, the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is slowly becoming a thing of the past. This port has allowed us to listen to music on our smartphones pretty much since the dawn of time, but as phones become thinner and wireless audio solutions become better, OEMs are looking to phase out this port once and for all. Apple made this move with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and then also introduced the AirPods to be used in conjunction with them. The idea of having two individual and separate earbud units that aren't connected via a wire is still a relatively new concept, but just like Samsung and Apple, LG is looking to get in on the ground floor for this product category.

LG's Tone Free wireless earbuds were first announced back in late December of last year, and we got a chance to look at them here at CES 2017. Unfortunately the Tone Free earbuds were tucked away behind a display case, but even with this being the case, it was still cool to actually see these things in person.


Upon first glance, the design that LG is going with for the Tone Free looks just like any other pair of earbuds in the company's Tone lineup. However, unlike traditional Tone earbuds that are attached inside the casing via a wire, the tips of the Tone Free pop out of the frame and are then placed in your ears without any wires present whatsoever. The look of the earbuds themselves are more reminiscent to Samsung's Gear IconX than anything else, and when the earbuds are placed back into the body that you can easily wear around your neck when you aren't using them, they'll start charging up. LG is also selling an extra little charging bank that you'll be able to place the Tone Free earbuds into to get some extra juice, but no pricing info has been announced for this accessory.

In fact, no sort of exact pricing or release information has been announced at all for the Tone Free. The LG representative we spoke to said that the company is planning to release them sometime around March of this year, but they weren't able to offer any details in regards to how much these things might cost when they are made available for purchase. Until then, feel free to check out the gallery below to get an idea for just how LG's wireless earbud solution will look once they're released.

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14 Comments

1. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

How is this LGs answer to the airpods? Why do you do this PA?

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Because they are wireless earbuds that is why.

3. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

But Samsung and Motorola made the gear icon x and verve ones+ fully wireless earbuds way before airpods were announced.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True but as you know once Apple releases something it is considered new again and every company that releases the same kind of product, well that product must be the answer to Apple's latest right lol.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I know I almost bought a pair once, but they aren't like these new ones.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Because apple presstitutes are too stupid to realize wireless headphones have long existed before the airpods...

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You think these things will change that? Talk about inept......

7. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

They do that 'realize wireless headphones have long existed before the airpods' , but they wanna promote AirPods as innovative magic, that everyone follow. And not only PA (to be fair) Get it? If they repeat it 100 times from US 100 media, it will start to sound true

10. Tizo101

Posts: 540; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is slowly becoming a thing of the past" thing of the past? almost every one is still using that port, what's wrong with these writes... hehehd "OEMs are looking to phase out this port once and for all." are they really trying to phase it out? lol these guys are pretty much crazy.

11. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

RRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiigggghhhhhhhhttttt.... Its a thing of the past like what will happen to charging port when apple decides to remove it as an inovation for wireless charging.

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH So true. Everything existing is reborn by Apple as the BEST thing on the planet and everything that existed before is irrelevant.. Such is the way of an iFantrollsite

12. Greedog

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 04, 2017

I received a set of LG HBS 900's for Christmas a year ago and gotta tell you these things are awesome. I am a musician and really picky with headphones. I'm a fanatic actually. I was quite surprised at the sound quality. I expect head-shaking bass and these things deliver. One of the best sets I own in spite of them being Bluetooth. They work great at answering the phone and all that as well. And have quite a good range. Love them! They are my favorite ones now.

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

phoneyarena is just clickbait city with the titles of these articles... As usual Apple made it first so everyone elses offerings are in response to Apple.. so much LOL, the cash for comments is more obvious than ever

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