Huawei has just launched their latest earbuds: the FreeBuds Pro 2, packed with premium Devialet sound and unique innovations in active noise cancellation (ANC).
The design will inevitably draw comparisons to the AirPods Pro, but underneath that housing, Huawei has some unique features to offer. This includes dual-driver technology that enables a wide 14Hz-48KHz frequency response, improved ANC and a new feature called “Triple Adaptive EQ” that scans your ear canal and tunes your audio accordingly.
Competition in the noise-cancelling earbuds market is fierce, so let’s take a closer look at what Huawei brings to the table.
Sounds good on paper
This partnership between Huawei and Devialet has been in action since 2018, and I wasn’t too complimentary of the Devialet Gemini, the audio company’s own attempt at making earbuds.
They sounded incredible, but the design was way too bulky, which Huawei seems to have solved with a smaller, slimmer frame at less than 6 grams, along with a 14% reduction in thickness over the original FreeBuds Pro.
Despite that size reduction, Huawei still claims respectable battery life with up to 4 hours of playback (18 hours with the case) if you’re using ANC and that jumps to 6.5 hours (30 hours with the case) if you don’t need ANC. . That doesn’t match the top options like the Sony WF-1000XM4, but it keeps up with the AirPods Pro.
Huawei makes some bold claims about its ANC aboard the FreeBuds Pro 2 (to be fair, they all do), but we’ll have to see if the triple microphone system and Huawei’s application of its Deep Neural Network to the noise-cancelling problem lives up to the hype.
For more sophisticated listeners, the FreeBuds Pro 2 support the LDAC protocol for high-resolution audio. Not something most wireless earbud wearers will worry about, but Huawei wants to make sure it caters to audiophile Devialet fans.
IPX5 water resistance and wireless charging complete the feature set for the FreeBuds Pro 2.
All in all, Huawei seems to have ticked all the right boxes with the FreeBuds Pro 2 and at £169.99 they are under the price of much of its premium competition.
We’ll leave our thoughts for the full review, but based on past experience, it’s hard to see Huawei and Devialet making a bad pair of earbuds. You can pick up a pair from July 6th (opens in new tab)†