HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 with Kirin A1 chip, Bluetooth 5.1, Intelligent noise cancellation announced [Update: Price]

Update: September 19, 2019 – HUAWEI today announced that FreeBuds 3 will cost 179 Euros (US$ 197 / Rs. 14,110 approx.) and will roll out from October 2019 in China, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

HUAWEI at the IFA event introduced FreeBuds 3, the company’s new true wireless earbuds with new Kirin A1 chip, making it the world’s first certified BT/BLE dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1 SoC with patented BT-UHD transmission protocol for 6.5Mbps transmission speed. It uses HUAWEI Isochronous Dual Channel transmission technology for low latency and low power consumption and 356 MHz audio processor for stable, fast Bluetooth connection, as well as an accurate audio and video synchronization. The chip can also eliminate the background noise during calls and enhance the voice simultaneously.

It features Dolphin Bionic Design fits in your ears for a more comfortable and stable wearing, and the Open-fit design is ergonomically engineered for maximum comfort. The earbuds have built-in bone voice sensor that can better pick up your voice through bone vibrations so that your voice will be enhanced accordingly to make it clear and stand-out during phone calls while the ambient noise has been reduced, says the company.

The Aerodynamic Mic Duct Design can suppress the wind passing by to reduce wind noise efficiently for clear calls even during a windy day or even cycling at 20 km/h. It has pop-up and pair features for EMUI 10 devices. The earbuds feature intuitive controls such as double tap the right to play / switch music, or the left to turn on / off ANC function. Playback pauses when taken off, and resumes once put back in.

It comes with symmetrically round charging case with USB Type-C charging and Qi wireless charging that lets you simply lay down the case on a wireless charging mat for quick wireless charging, or use HUAWEI smartphone for reverse charging.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 specifications

  • HUAWEI Kirin A1 chipset, Bluetooth 5.1
  • 14.2mm dynamic drivers
  • Active noise cancellation, Ambient noise cancellation up to 15dB for different types of ear canal
  • 190ms low latency for gaming
  • Double-tap control, Pop-up and pair with devices running EMUI10 or above
  • Dimensions: 41.5 x 20.4 x 17.8 mm (per earbud); 60.9 x 21.8 mm (charging case); Weight: 4.5 g (per earbud), 48 g (charging case)
  • 30mAh battery (per bud) offers 4 hr. playback on 1 charge, 20 hr. playback with charging case (410mAh battery), USB Type-C (5V 1.2A 6W) and Qi (2W) wireless charging for charging case

The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 comes in Carbon Black and Ceramic White colors and will roll out soon. Alex Wang, Huawei’s vice president of marketing operation said that the FreeBuds 3 would be cheaper than the $199 (Rs. 14,269 approx.) AirPods, but exact pricing has not been announced yet.

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