The Huawei FreeBuds 5 truly wireless earbuds are now official. The company announced a new pair of its open-fit earbuds. These are the company’s flagship open-fit earbuds, by the way. The ‘Pro’ series has a silicone seal, these ones do not.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 are official with a rather odd design, and various improvements
The FreeBuds 5 have changed quite a bit compared to the FreeBuds 4. If you check out the images below, you’ll notice how odd these look. Huawei refers to this design as the “droplet-shaped design”.
The company claims that it is a result of “tens of thousands of ergonomic simulations and hundreds of optimizations”. It is supposed to ensure that the double-C curves fit the contours of the ears.
This design is essentially expected to reduce strain, and ensure a breathable wearing experience, according to Huawei. The arc-shaped stem is here to ensure that the pressure is evenly distributed when you tap an earbud. We cannot confirm this just yet, but a review unit should be in soon.
The frequency response is 50% higher compared to the FreeBuds 4
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 comes with an ultra-magnet dynamic driver, which is equipped with bass turbo technology. That tech produces bass tones that drop as low as 16Hz. The frequency response is 50% higher than the FreeBuds 4, thanks to the dual circuit magnets, says Huawei.
The triple adaptive EQ is also included. It is supposed to optimize sound quality in real time, from 100Hz to 2,000Hz. The FreeBuds 5 also support the L2HC and LDAC codecs. These earbuds got certified by both HWA and Hi-Res Audio Wireless, in case you were wondering.
Huawei also said that the audio transmission rate on the FreeBuds 5 is up to 990 kbps and 96kHz/24-bit HD audio is supported here. On top of everything, you’ll also find an adaptive tri-mic hybrid noise cancellation here, with “intelligent dynamic ANC”.
They offer a 200% faster charging rate than the previous model
The company also enhanced the battery life of these earbuds. Huawei claims you can get 30 hours of use on a full charge. A 5-minute charge can provide up to 2 hours of listening time. The FreeBuds 5 also have a 200% faster charging rate than the FreeBuds 4.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 come in Ceramic White, Coral Orange, and Silver Frost colors. The case has also been changed, it’s now egg-shaped, it reminds us of the Pixel Buds case.
These earbuds will go on sale on April 17 in Europe. They’ll be priced at €159/£139.99, and available from the Huawei Store and selected retailers.