Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 Are AirPods Clone Featuring Active Noise Cancellation, Kirin A1 Chip

Huawei FreeBuds 3

At its IFA 2019 conference, Huawei announced its new wireless earbuds: the Huawei FreeBuds 3. The latest wireless earbuds from the company come with its brand new Kirin A1 chip. It claims its the world’s first Bluetooth 5.1 and BLE 5.1 chip.

The Kirin A1 chip offers dual-channel Bluetooth thereby leading to a 30% lower latency of just 190ms and a drastic 50% reduction in power consumption.

The design of the FreeBuds is clearly inspired by the AirPods, though the saving grace here is that Huawei offers the earbuds in black. What’s impressive about the FreeBuds 3 is that they come with active noise cancellation (ANC) which the AirPods lack. Huawei claims the ANC is good to remove almost 15dB of external noise which should bring about a noticeable difference in sound quality.

Like the AirPods, the Huawei FreeBuds can also pair easily with any Huawei smartphone. The benefits offered by the Kirin A1 chip are also only available when the FreeBuds are used with a Huawei smartphone.

The FreeBuds themselves can last about 4 hours on a single charge. This can be further extended using the circular charging case which can bump the total battery life to 20 hours. The case itself cna be charged from 0-100% in just 30 minutes when charged over a wired connection.

There was no word about the availability or pricing of the Huawei FreeBuds 3. We should get more details about them later this month when Huawei announces its Mate 30 series on September 19 in Munich, Germany.

What are your thoughts on the Huawei FreeBuds 3? Do you think its high time that Apple gets around to adding ANC to the AirPods?