It has been a couple of weeks since I received maintain of the most recent HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 evaluation unit. I’ve taken it for a couple of runs now and have been utilizing it regularly to grasp the Professionals and Cons of this pair of earbuds. It’s time for the evaluation.

The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 is at the moment on preorder until 23rd July. It’s retailing at S$178 (after S$20 low cost) and comes with free reward value S$28. You possibly can take a look at the small print HERE.

Right here is the menu for simple navigation on completely different elements of the evaluation.

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Earlier than I start, I perceive that some is perhaps confused about the way in which HUAWEI names their earbuds. For instance, they’ve FreeBuds Professional, FreeBuds 4i, Freebuds 3i, FreeBuds 3. In the event you noticed, out of those earbuds, solely FreeBuds 3 and FreeBuds 4 are primarily based on an open-fit idea. The remaining are in-ear type of earbuds and the FreeBuds Professional has particular options like utilizing one of many earbuds as a microphone.

In my evaluation, I’ll evaluate the FreeBuds 4 with FreeBuds 3 as they’re the closest match and in addition as a result of I’ve the FreeBuds 3 for simple comparability.

I’ve finished a video on my evaluation. Test it out beneath.

If you need extra comprehension evaluation, learn on.

Unboxing

I’ve the evaluation unit in Silver Frost coloration. I like this coloration because it matches my desk (see first image).

There usually are not a lot issues to indicate within the unboxing. It has the casing with the earbuds, an USB-C cable, documentation and person handbook. As it’s open-fit earbud, it doesn’t have the completely different sizes of ear suggestions so that you can interchange.

First Look

Evaluating to FreeBuds 3, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 has a smaller casing. Nevertheless, if you happen to evaluate the earbuds, they’re very related. The constructed for the casing is nice although it’s manufactured from plastic.

The spring-loaded cowl does what it’s presupposed to do. With this matte look, I imagine the casing will undergo scratches over lengthen utilization.

The standing mild has shifted from the underside (in comparison with FreeBuds 3’s casing) to 1 facet of the casing. In my view, it’s sensible when doing wi-fi charging. You possibly can simply establish which facet needs to be dealing with upwards (wi-fi charging coil dealing with down) when charging.

For the earbuds, it has the same old form as in comparison with FreeBuds 3. It has chrome darkish silver coloration which is fairly good.

Specs

Right here is the specs of the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4.

Dimension

Per earbuds:

  • Top: 41.4 mm
  • Width: 16.8 mm
  • Depth: 18.5 mm
  • Weight: About 4.1 g

Charging case:

  • Diameter: 58 mm
  • Top: 21.2 mm
  • Weight: About 38 g (With out Earbuds)

Battery

Battery capability

  • Per earbud: 30 mAh (min.)*
  • Charging case: 410 mAh (min.)*

Playtime:

  • Music playback on 1 cost: 4 hours (with ANC disabled)**
  • Music playback on 1 cost: 2.5 hours (with ANC enabled)**
  • Music playback with charging case: 22 hours (with ANC disabled)**
  • Music playback with charging case: 14 hours (with ANC enabled)**

Charging Time:

  • About 1 hour for the earbuds (within the charging case)**
  • About 1 hour for the charging case (wire, with out earbuds)**

*Typical worth. Precise capability could differ barely. This capability is the nominal battery capability. The precise battery capability for every particular person cellphone could also be barely above or beneath the nominal battery capability.

**Based mostly on the check outcomes of HUAWEI lab, for reference solely.

Controls

  • Swipe
  • Faucet-twice
  • Press and maintain controls

Connectivity

Bluetooth Compatibility:

Pop-up pair:

Simultaneous Bluetooth reference to twin units:

*Requires smartphones operating EMUI10 or above.

Sensor

  • Microphone
  • Put on detection sensor

Driver

Audio Know-how

  • Open-fit lively noise cancellation
  • Name noise cancellation

Splash, Water, and Mud Resistant

In The Field

  • Earbuds
  • Charging case
  • Fast Begin Information, Security Data, and Guarantee Card
  • Guarantee certificates
  • USB-C cable

Utilization

I’ve virtually lined all the things in my video evaluation. BTW, if in case you have not subscribed to my YouTube channel, do think about to take action as I’ll add the most recent evaluation on YouTube first.

Right here is the wordy model.

In the event you personal a Huawei cellphone, connection is fairly easy. One you open the duvet of the casing, it would mechanically detect the earbuds and pairing will likely be a contact of the display screen. Based mostly on statement, the FreeBuds 4’s graphics is nicer in comparison with FreeBuds 3.

There may be an app for it. You possibly can obtain it at Huawei’s AppGallery (aka Huawei app retailer). The identify of the app is AI Life. Beforehand, I already put in one model for the FreeBuds 3 from Google App Retailer. Nevertheless, it couldn’t detect the FreeBuds 4. I’ve to obtain the most recent model from AppGallery to detect it.

On the looks, the FreeBuds 4 and FreeBuds 3 are very related. Nevertheless, once I put on it, I can instantly really feel that the FreeBuds 4 matches extra properly in my ears. After I go for runs with FreeBuds 3, I all the time have that concern that it’ll drop off. For FreeBuds 4, it simply match properly. I don’t have that feeling that it’s going to drop off. I had apply it to 4 of my 10km runs and it sits properly on my ears.

So, what are the key adjustments to the FreeBuds 4. I imagine it’s the {hardware} and software program. For {hardware}, the driving force is 14.3mm. By way of battery life, it’s fairly brief at 4 hours with ANC (Lively Noise Cancellation) turned off and simply 2.5 hours with ANC on.

And for the software program, it has extra controls. For instance, it has sound high quality, Discover my Earphones and and so forth.

For Noise Cancellation, you’ll be able to choose “Cosy” or “Common” mode. Common mode is for noiser locations and Cosy mode is for quieter place.

For Sound High quality, you’ll be able to select HD calls, Document with earphones (use earphones microphone when recording audio), Pickup Mode (Select between Voices or Environment) and EQ results (Select between Bass Enhance or Treble Enhance).

There’s a new Discover My Earphones characteristic the place it would emit a loud sound from the earbuds. DO NOT put on it whenever you check out this characteristic.

Gestures-wise, You possibly can Double-tap, Press & maintain and Swipe. I discover that it’s restricted as a result of I wish to have Earlier Tune, Subsequent Tune and a Play/Pause altogether. It’s not attainable. Please introduce Tripe-tap for extra controls.

And there’s one factor that I missed that may be discovered on FreeBuds 3 however not on FreeBuds 4. It’s the Noise Cancellation management.

In line with the data, this FreeBuds 4 has ANC 2.0 which is an enhanced model of the outdated one.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 takes Open-fit Lively Noise Cancellation to new heights, incorporating all-new adaptive ear-matching know-how for even higher audio immersion. The open-fit design permits air strain to remain equalised, whereas guaranteeing essential environmental sounds can nonetheless be heard — for a safer, extra comfy carrying expertise even after lengthy hours of use.

Nevertheless, typically, I simply miss adjusting it myself. To this point, the FreeBuds 4 ANC is doing OK however typically I do really feel completely different strain on every ear.

Lastly, on Software program replace, it’s just like any of Huawei’s earbuds – Easy.

Conclusion

Listed here are my conclusion after utilizing the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 for a couple of weeks.

Professionals

I like: –

  • the open-fit idea as it’s simpler on the ear (no ache in any respect with lengthen earing).
  • the match of the earbuds on the ear.
  • the benefit of connection.
  • the provision of the controls within the app.
  • the design – Easy and stylish
  • the colour and weight (or lack of weight) of the earbuds and casing.
  • that it has cable charging and wi-fi charging options, plus it fees quick.

Cons

To this point, there is just one. I don’t just like the brief battery life

Lastly, price-wise, it’s subjective. This FreeBuds 4 is retailing at lower than S$200 throughout launch which to some folks, is perhaps on the excessive facet.

Abstract

Thanks Huawei for letting me have the chance to check out the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 even it’s formally launch. If I evaluate with FreeBuds 3, there’s positively an enchancment. Nevertheless, I do suppose that Huawei wants to check it with the competitors as most of us (customers) will likely be evaluating each single one out there. General, good expertise utilizing the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4.