The FreeBuds 4 is Huawei’s latest ANC earphones featuring an enhanced open-fit active noise cancellation (ANC) 2.0, a familiar design, and up to 22 hours of battery life.
We have the truly wireless earbuds for evaluation. And as we work our way up to a full review, we’re here to share our initial impressions along with a quick unboxing. Let’s go.
Huawei’s audio products always come in nice, good-quality boxes, and it’s no different on the FreeBuds 4. A nice packaging sends a message that what you have is a high-value device and here, that’s the feeling you’re going to get — that this is a quality product.
There aren’t much accessories to speak of. Apart from the earbuds themselves and the case, the FreeBuds 4 also comes with a USB-C charging cable.
In the box
- Huawei FreeBuds 4 earbuds
- Charging case
- USB-C cable
Initial Review, Hands-on Impression
Huawei never fails to amaze me when it comes to its audio products. As soon as you have the FreeBuds 4 on your hand, you know that these are good earbuds. The quality of the product is really solid. Both the earbuds and the case are made of high-quality plastic with a great build.
The FreeBuds 4 are hard-tip earphones with a stem design. It doesn’t stray away from the FreeBuds 3 in terms of looks, but there are subtle differences. The stem on the 4, for instance, is slightly shorter. But both their charging cases have the same design with an ergonomic shape and a USB-C charging port.
The earbuds’ have a round shape with smooth curves, ensuring a very comfortable fit. There’s not much in terms of isolation to speak of because it’s a hard-tip.
They are lightweight at just 4.1 g. It has an IPX4 splash, water, and dust resistant build, wear detection sensors that pause music when you take them out of your ears, and touch and swipe controls, including volume adjustment.
Powering the earbuds are 14.3 mm liquid crystal polymer (LCP) dynamic drivers with a frequency range of up to 40 kHz. Initial impressions on sound quality are pretty good with clear highs and vocals, and deep rumbling bass that doesn’t overpower the rest of the mix.
The FreeBuds 4’s highlight feature is the Open-fit Active Noise Cancellation. Now on 2.0, it incorporates a new adaptive ear-matching technology. Its open-fit design allows for air pressure to stay equalized, while ensuring important environmental sounds can still be heard.
As for battery life, Huawei promises up to 4 hours of use with ANC off, and up to 22 hours with a fully topped up charging case. A 15-minute charge can give you up to 2.5 hours of use.
And of course, the FreeBuds 4 are best used with the Huawei AI Life app, which is available on the Playstore and the App Store. Through the app, you can customize the controls, update the firmware, toggle the equalizer presets, and adjust the ANC level.
So far, my initial impressions are quite positive. Based on Huawei’s track record of its audio products, I can tell you upfront that the FreeBuds 4 are good earbuds. They have a lot of useful features, including ANC, and great sound quality.
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is priced at Php 7,999, available on Shopee, Lazada, and the Huawei Online Store.
That’s all for our unboxing and initial impressions. Stay tuned for our full review.