Huawei FreeBuds 3, we analyze the new edition in red

The Asian firm launched some time ago the latest edition of these True Wireless headphones with quite remarkable features. This time we are going to analyze its special edition in red. We have the Huawei FreeBuds 3 in red, stay to see our analysis and all its features in this detailed review. We are sure that you do not want to miss it, and as we usually do, we have accompanied this analysis with a video where you can see our experience, unboxing and how they work on a day-to-day basis. We go there with the exhaustive analysis of the Huawei FreeBuds 3 in red.

Design and materials: Habitual and effective

The first thing you think when you see the FreeBuds 3 box is that they remind you of the box of certain wax-coated cheeses that have accompanied us throughout our childhood, especially now with this new red edition that has been launched coinciding with Valentine's Day. However and despite the curiosity of being totally round, the charging case is compact, slightly thinner than the Apple AirPods and slightly more extensive given its round shape, but even so, we are facing one of the easiest charging cases to transport of those tested to date.

  • Size of case: 4,15 x 2,04 x 1,78 mm
  • Size handset: 6,09 x 2,18
  • Weight of case: 48 grams
  • Weight of handset: 4,5 grams

The truth is that we have a standardized design in the market, quite comfortable and that I personally appreciate. It is usually easy to attribute the resemblance to Apple AirPods to refer to a lack of imagination, but the reality is that it is a functional and merely ergonomic design, Before which little can be argued, being honest. They are built in glossy "jet" plastic, we have a charging indicator LED next to the port USB-C and with a status LED inside, between both headphones.

Autonomy: Good range of independence

We start with the technical details. We have a theoretical battery that promises four hours of autonomy for each headset, 20 hours in total if we include the case that provides four additional charges. To load them we have a port USB-C up to 6W and of course wireless charging with the Qi standard this time of 2W. We have verified that the parameters are met and we have approximately one hour to fully charge the box and another hour to fully charge the headphones, which will always be less since in principle we should never drain the battery.

  • Battery box: 410 mAh
  • Battery headphones: 30 mAh

In practice, the brand promises are almost completely fulfilled. In my case, I have found around 3 hours of autonomy at a constant volume of 70% and with noise cancellation activated for mixed calls and music use via Spotify. Charging has taken a little longer than the approximate time because in my case I have used a wireless Qi charger that makes it extremely comfortable. They definitely offer a good experience in this regard.

Technical characteristics

With a Huawei device everything is easier. Simply opening the box near our Huawei P30 Pro and pressing the side button we start a quick and easy configuration process guided through the typical animations. To make this so simple they take advantage of the Kirin A1, a Bluetooth 5.1 SoC Dual-mode certified (the first), with an audio processor of 356 MHz and that it has not offered any kind of interference, cut or delay in our tests. Huawei promises a latency below 190ms and a connection with the device for less than 3 seconds is strictly adhered to.

Thanks to this processor, already present in other wearable devices of the company, and the integration with EMUI 10 we will be able to get all the juice out of the headphones, However, we have an application available in the App Store that, in the case of an Android device, will give us the possibility to readjust the double-tap actions (not necessary if we use EMUI 10). We will choose whether to pause the music, go to the next song, invoke the assistant or activate the noise cancellation, we can also configure it independently for each earphone.

This Ai Life app (only available on Android) will allow us to know in detail all the information and even carry out a search for firmware updates for the headphones, however, as we have said before, if we use EMUI 10 it is not necessary, since in settings of Bluetooth and even automatically will carry out these tasks. In our experience the quality of the microphones to make calls is of high quality, it isolates us well from noise and allows us to hear clearly (and listen to us), one of the best on the market in that regard. It has a microphone with antennas protection on the bottom, and a bone sensor to reduce noise when capturing your voice by vibration.

If you want to play sports, you should not worry too much in certain aspects, despite not giving the feeling of extreme fixation, they do not fall easily, and their certification of sweat and splash resistance IPX4 it will allow us to use them quietly.

Sound quality and noise cancellation

We start with the audio quality, we are faced with headphones that are around € 200 and that is not only noticeable in its construction. We do not have accentuated bass, but that is usually indicative of a good quality of media, therefore we have a fairly high quality media taking into account the type of headset. The maximum volume is quite considerable and in terms of quality it is on horseback with the main competition and especially with products of the same price range. Obviously, as always happens in this type of headphones, they are not designed for the most gourmet of sound.

As for noise cancellation, well ... We take into account its open design and its daring option to use this technology. Without a modicum of passive isolation (they are not in-ear) they have no choice but to work hard at it. As such its noise cancellation is not miraculous, it focuses more on eliminating external and repetitive noises, but forget about total isolation in public transport or the like.

You can buy these Huawei FreeBuds 3 in red for 179 euros both on Amazon and on the official website of Huawei, the Huawei Space in Madrid and the main points of sale.

Huawei FreeBuds 3, we analyze the new edition in red
  • Editor's rating
  • 4.5 star rating
149 a 179
  • 80%

  • Huawei FreeBuds 3, we analyze the new edition in red
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  • Design
    Publisher: 90%
  • ANC
    Publisher: 40%
  • Audio quality
    Publisher: 85%
  • Autonomy
    Publisher: 90%
  • Portability (size / weight)
    Publisher: 90%
  • Price quality
    Publisher: 70%

Pros

  • The quality of the materials and their construction
  • Autonomy and charging facilities
  • Good integration with Huawei devices
  • Ability to customize settings and noise cancellation

Cons

  • They could be priced more moderately
  • Much easier to use if you have a device with EMUI 10
  • They do not allow to adjust the volume in touch mode

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