Huawei is no stranger to the world of true wireless earphones. This month, Huawei Singapore is back once again with the launch of a brand new TWS earphone – Huawei FreeBuds 4 – which you can take home at an attractive price of just S$198.
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 came slightly more than three months after the launch of the ultra-value FreeBuds 4i, but it do have some neat features and upgrades that set the new TWS apart from the latter.
Having spent more than two weeks with the Huawei FreeBuds 4, here are five reasons why we love the new Huawei FreeBuds 4, and why you should consider getting one for yourself!
Gorgeous Design Inside Out
Although most of the attention should be given to the earphone itself, but it’s definitely worth mentioning that the Huawei FreeBuds 4 comes with a really gorgeous and sleek charging case, especially for the Silver Frost variant that I have for review.
The casing for the Silver Frost variant features a slightly understated matte finish which doesn’t seems to attract much fingerprints or smudges. The casing itself is made of plastic and feels really light even with the earphones in. Most importantly, it’s slim and compact design allows you to easily slot the casing into your pocket and bring it wherever you go.
Coming to the earphone itself, it sports an identical paint job and finish (as the charging case) on the outside. In terms of design, it shares a utterly close resemblance to Apple’s AirPod, thanks to it’s elongated stem.
Contrary to the current Huawei FreeBuds Pro and FreeBuds 4i, the new FreeBuds 4 adopts an open-fit design rather than a ”more-intrusive” in-ear canal earbuds. It certainly feels comfortable and secure in ear, and doesn’t really cause any discomfort even when using it for an hour or more.
Of course, part of the pleasant experience is attributed to it’s featherlight weight of just 4.1 grams. It does feels weightless in the ear, just as what Huawei claimed, and you hardly notice it’s existence once you’re accustomed to it after some time.
Intuitive Gesture Controls
Just like the Huawei FreeBuds Pro, the new FreeBuds 4 also features an intuitive set of gesture controls to take care of your listening experience. These controls work like a charm, and is easy to remember and execute after you get a hang of it.
For instance, double tapping either side of the earbud will allow you to play/ pause a music, or even answer or end a call. Likewise, you can also easily adjust it’s volume by either swiping up or down it’s stem, as well as activate or disable noise cancellation with a long press.
This practically gives you total control over your music playback without even touching your phone, and is extremely useful during a workout when your phone is at a distance away from you.
Advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
The adoption of an open-fit design means that the Huawei FreeBuds 4 will be lacking passive noise cancellation which other in-ear earphone like the FreeBud Pro offer to it’s users.
To make up for that, Huawei had built-in an advanced open-fit active noise cancellation system for the FreeBuds 4 which effectively filters out unwanted ambient noise, while preserving important environmental sound from the outside world.
This makes it an ideal companion for those who frequently cycles around a crowded park or along a road, since it doesn’t completely impedes your awareness in areas of heavy traffic.
What’s interesting is that the Huawei FreeBuds 4 also makes use of an adaptive ear-matching technology which is capable of detecting your unique in-ear shape and the way you wear the earbuds, and then intelligently selects the best noise cancellation mode.
Although it can’t fully replicate the level of noise cancellation offered by earphones with silicone eartips that completely seal your ear canals, but they are surprisingly good for a semi-open earphone.
Enjoyable Audio Experience
Backed by a large 14.3 mm LCP dynamic driver, the Huawei FreeBuds 4 can get really loud whenever necessary. Sound quality on the whole is also great, with it’s well-balanced sound profile.
Bass response is admirably good and isn’t too overwhelming, allowing you to hear all the vocals and lead instruments. Likewise, mids and trebles are also well-articulated, giving you a musically pleasing experience across all music genres.
Along with it’s impressive noise cancellation and comfort-based design, it’s indeed a real joy to listen music on the new Huawei Freebuds 4.
Enduring Battery Life
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is able to support around 4 hours usage with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) turned off, and roughly 2.5 hours with ANC toggled on. If you take into account it’s charging case, then you can expect an additional 22 hours and 14 hours of music playback respectively.
Speaking of this, the Huawei FreeBuds 4 can be recharged really quickly via it’s charging case. A full charge typically takes a mere 30 minutes, while a 15 minutes charge is good enough to brings it’s battery level up to 80%. If you do the math, this means you’ll be able to get around 3 hours music playback (without ANC) with a short 15 minutes charge.
To help you keep track of the battery level of the charging case, there’s a tiny light indicator on the outside of the charging case which shows three colors, Red, Yellow and Green, each depicting the different level of battery remaining in the charging case.
Otherwise, you can also easily track the battery level of both the earphones and charging case via the Huawei AI Life app which you can easily download from the Google Play store.
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 Is Worth Every Penny
Priced at S$198, the Huawei FreeBuds 4 shapes up to be one of the most capable TWS earphone within it’s price range, offering an incredibly stylish design along with high-end features like advanced gesture controls, active noise cancellation, fast-charging support, as well as IPX4 rating for water resistance.