The shape brings more weight closer to your ears and mitigates the open earphone annoyance from last year. I prefer them as close to the inside of my ears as possible so I don’t have to worry about them slipping out when I’m out and about. The squat design also seems to help anchor them in place, and I never had to worry about them moving even if I spun my head around.
The FreeBuds Pro also come with small, medium, and large tips to ensure they are suitable for all types of ears. Additionally, the companion app, which we couldn̵
There is a visible sensor on the outward-facing side of both buds that allows you to control playback and volume. As usual, tapping pauses playback and swiping changes the volume, while a good pinch – similar to the AirPods Pro – cycles through the active noise cancellation options. A pinch activates Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), while a second switches you to “consciousness mode” and allows certain noises such as voices to bleed through so that you can stay tuned to your surroundings.
Huawei has said the FreeBuds Pro’s ANC can now drown out up to 40dB of ambient noise (up from 15dB for the open-plan 3), and I can attest to that. At a large family dinner, I asked everyone to have a loud and lively conversation in front of me. And to my surprise, he managed to get the chat well below the point of being distracting.
One thing that hasn’t changed from FreeBuds 3 is the internals, which still use Huawei’s Kirin A1 chip. However, the company has managed to get the total battery life up to 30 hours before you have to go to a charger. With the ANC enabled, you’ll hear from each bud for four and a half hours, and closer to seven with the ANC disabled. Fortunately, a full charge in the case only takes 40 minutes (and the case itself only takes an hour anyway).
The FreeBuds Pro will cost 199 euros ($ 236) when it launches in October in all markets where Huawei can sell.
At the same time, Huawei is introducing the Watch GT2 Pro, the latest flagship smartwatch with a sapphire glass case and titanium case. Available in two body types – Classic and Sport – it offers 100 different workout modes, including support for golf and snow sports. You will also receive weather alerts and a GPS breadcrumb trail in case you get lost in the wild.
Huawei is also using this moment to remind everyone of the Watch Fit, which was announced outside Europe a week ago. This device also shares many similarities with the Honor Watch ES announced on September 4th. With the stretched Apple Watch-style screen, the focus here is on fitness and live coaching with 44 animated demonstrations.
The Watch GT2 Pro will be launched in September. The sports model costs 329 euros, while the classic version costs 349 euros. The Watch Fit, on the other hand, costs 129 euros, and all three devices will be available in the near future.