Huawei silently released the Huawei FreeBuds Lite in the Philippines. These truly wireless earbuds are priced at PHP 4,990, and comes with features that rival the AirPods.
The FreeBuds Lite features a Bluetooth 4.2 connection, 7mm dynamic drivers, and an IPX4 rating. It has up to 3 hours of battery life, and up to 12 hours with the charging case. It also boasts of a standby time of up to 10 days.
The earbuds also feature haptic touch controls — with the left for the virtual assistant (Google Assistant or Siri) and the right for music playback controls. It also has infrared sensors that automatically detect if you are wearing them or not.
Its retail package includes a short microUSB charging cable and four pairs of silicon replacement ear tips (the medium ones are installed on the earbuds). One of those are for sports, with holes in it that allow you to hear your surroundings at the expense of sound quality.
The FreeBuds Lite works with Android and iOS. Firmware updates can only be done through Android devices.
The FreeBuds Lite will remind you of the Apple AirPods, meaning it also has that stem (with the Huawei logo printed on it) that make it look like earbuds with wires cut off.
The earbuds are made with high quality plastic that feels sturdy and quite solid (read: not cheap). It feels good in the hand and smooth all around with no corners or edges.
The device has an in-ear design, providing better seal, more isolation, and a more secure fit. It is comfortable to wear, and it stays in place and doesn’t fall out even with a lot of movement.
The charging case is built with the same high quality plastic material as the buds. The earbuds are placed inside horizontally with the right earbud sitting on the left side, and the left on the right side. I don’t know why they did that but maybe its more for ergonomics. Either way, it’s confusing at first.
The case also has magnets that hold the earbuds in place. These can provide up to 12 hours of playtime for earbuds.
Taking the earbuds out of the case automatically connects it to the last device it connected with. There are no problems here. I also very rarely experienced connectivity issues such as drop outs or lag.
As for the audio quality, the FreeBuds Lite surprisingly sounds pretty good. I mean, there are better sounding truly wireless earbuds out there, but not so much at this price point. It has good bass with nice highs. I think it’s sound signature is perfectly acceptable for most people.
The haptic touch controls, though, are a bit finicky. Double tapping the left bud activates the virtual assistant be it Google Assistant or Siri, while double tapping the right pauses/plays your media. When you do this, there’s a slight delay before the intended action. And there are also times where my taps where not recognized.
Another caveat is that there is a slight delay in audio when used with YouTube. This is actually a common issue with most truly wireless earbuds. And unfortunately, it’s on this model as well.
The Huawei FreeBuds Lite come with all the bells and whistles that you normally find in pricier models. For half the price of the AirPods, you’ll get a pair that sounds good and feels great, packed with features normally found on more expensive buds. Its also has an IPX4 rating, making it resistant to splashes and sweat, and
The Huawei Freebuds Lite has a price of PHP 4,990 in the Philippines. It is available at Huawei Concept stores and kiosks nationwide.