Best Of IFA 2019 – Huawei FreeBuds 3

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Huawei made the first pair of truly wireless earbuds suited for audiophiles

Huawei did not show off a new phone at IFA 2019, that's becoming more of a rarity with the company these days. Instead it showed off a new pair of truly wireless earbuds – the FreeBuds 3. As well as a few other products.

These new truly wireless earbuds do look familiar, but if we've learned one thing in the world of tech, don't just a book by its cover.

FreeBuds finally get active noise cancellation

This is a huge feature, and one that Huawei desperately needed to add to its truly wireless headphones. And the FreeBuds 3 gets it.

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ANC or Active Noise Cancellation, is going to make using these earbuds a lot better, especially when you're in a noisy environment like a subway or walking down a street.

This is something we're seeing with more and more truly wireless earbuds coming out in 2019. For instance the Sony WF-1000X M3 also sports ANC. But ANC is not why the FreeBuds 3 are going to be awesome for audiophiles.

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Huawei Freebuds 3 – Wireless Charging

Huawei has also brought wireless charging along, so the FreeBuds 3 can sit on a wireless charger and charge. No more needing to use a cable. Though if you do need to charge them via a cable, they do now use USB-C.

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Huawei's addition of High-Quality Audio is going to make many take a second look

As we said earlier, don't judge a book by its cover. And that still holds true here.

Huawei added High-Quality Audio to the FreeBuds 3. Something that the AirPods – that many are comparing these too – do not have.

With this High-Quality Audio, you're going to get a really great audio experience out of these. And it also has some powerful 14mm drivers in each ear.

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The new Kirin A1 AI chipset is also included here. This is going to support high-res audio, at up to 2.3Mbps. That's a pretty high transfer-rate, seeing as Sony's industry-leading LDAC tech is only about 900Kbps. Meaning that high-res audio should have no problem here.

Not to mention, it is also future-proof.

Huawei has also included a Bluetooth 5.1 wearable chipset, which is able to support dual-channel Bluetooth. What this means is 30-percent lower latency and 50-percent lower power consumption, when compared to the competition. Meaning less lag in your music, and even longer battery life.

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Now, Huawei hasn't mentioned price on the FreeBuds 3, but it did say that they would be cheaper than the AirPods. Those currently cost $159, which isn't a crazy price in the world of truly wireless headphones. But if the FreeBuds 3 can offer all of this and come in cheaper than $159, then they definitely earn a Best of IFA 2019 award.