Huawei FreeBuds 3: real user review

Huawei has become one of those who decided to repeat the success of the American tech giant Apple, having previously released

Huawei FreeBuds 3 wireless headphones, which strongly remind us of AirPods and are positioned as their direct competitor. One of the users shared his opinion about this accessory.

Review of Huawei FreeBuds 3

Comparison with AirPods

Design of Huawei third wireless headphonesgeneration is based on the style of the previous generation FreeBuds 2 Pro. The open-fit style has been preserved, but the «legs» Now they have become much thinner. The shape of each earbud has also been slightly redesigned to improve comfort. The manufacturer has stretched them out a bit and introduced a thin curve that provides a tighter fit. Because of this, FreeBuds 3 tend to be more comfortable to use for long periods of time than standard AirPods. These headphones will never fall out of your ears. Be confident!

Personally, I've never had a problem with AirPods,but with FreeBuds 3 I just felt more secure, especially when working. By the way, there is no need to worry about sweat or light rain, because they are IPX4 certified.

Perhaps the biggest difference for headphonesHuawei is the included case for charging. It is quite compact, easily fits in your pocket and stands out from the competition with its round shape, which attracts people's attention from the outside.

As for the features, it includes a portUSB-C at the bottom and a small pair of buttons on the right, which, incidentally, are very easy to miss on the black version of the case. Near the USB-C port there is a small LED indicator showing the battery level of the case, as well as an internal LED indicator showing the status of the FreeBuds 3 battery. They will flash green if the battery charge is above 60%; yellow if it is between 60% and 20%; red if less than 20% is left.

Sound quality

FreeBuds 3 turned out to be pretty decent, but,Of course, I can’t say that I’m completely delighted with them. Huawei designed them to be versatile, and this is quite evident when listening to music. If you are looking for superior sound quality, these headphones are not for you. But they have a little more bass and a richer sound than the alternatives.

Another advantage that makes the headphones stand outHuawei is the presence of active noise reduction. This is most noticeable when talking on the phone. Unfortunately, in practice I could barely notice the difference in testing. Active Noise Cancellation can be activated by double-tapping the left tab, although it can be switched to the right tab in the Huawei AI Life app on Android if desired. This can also be used to customize the feature to suit your personal preferences, although iPhone users cannot do this because there is no equivalent app.

Microphones deserve special praise here. The manufacturer used a hidden microphone design, and the results are very impressive. Phone calls sound very clean, and sending audio through WhatsApp is no problem. This contrasts sharply with AirPods.


Huawei has effectively used itsHiSilicon’s subsidiary chip company, by creating its own proprietary wearable chip, which is introduced in FreeBuds 3. Kirin A1 provides a quick and easy pairing process with any device that you use, although the benefits are most noticeable when using a Huawei phone.

Just put your earphones next to your Huawei phoneand open the charging case. Soon after, a pop-up window will appear on the screen, and a quick touch will connect them, this will allow you to immediately start using FreeBuds 3.

If you have another Android smartphoneor iPhone, you need to go to the Bluetooth menu in the Settings app and press the pairing button of the charger. When FreeBuds 3 appears, tap a name and start listening, the process is quite simple.

The only real disadvantage of using FreeBuds 3 on non-Huawei phones is the lack of automatic pause and playback. And this is a very useful feature.

As I said, there is no Huawei app on iOSAI Life, which, unfortunately, means an additional drawback for iOS users. Because users cannot check the battery level of the headphones and case while using them. However, the average charge level for FreeBuds 3 appears in the widget menu of the operating system.

Regarding the topic of connectivity, the company's effortsto reduce delays during games, of course, deserve attention. Thanks to the Kirin A1 chip, your device interacts with each earphone individually, and not with one main earphone, which then connects to the second.

I'm not the biggest gamer in the world, but myuntrained ears might notice a slight improvement in FreeBuds 3 compared to AirPods when using them when connected to a Huawei phone. However, when switching to the iPhone, it disappeared.

Battery Life and Charging

More about the battery. Huawei FreeBuds 3 is designed for 4 hours of use without recharging. These statements were confirmed in personal testing. But the results may ultimately vary depending on the use case and the connected device.

The included charging case provides plenty of juicefor four more charges. It only takes about an hour to fully charge the case via a USB-C cable. This may seem like quite a long time for such a small item, but the Apple AirPods charging case takes about twice as long.

If you're not a cable person, neither are the FreeBuds 3will delight you with support for wireless chargers at no additional cost, unlike competitors. To use this feature, you just need to put the case on the charger, but don't make the same mistakes I did. Be sure to place the case directly on the charger coil with the Huawei logo facing up. The external LED will light up if charging has started, but if it doesn't, try moving the case around until you find the exact position of the coil. This is all explained in the official user manual, but I didn't pay enough attention to it at first.

Please note that wireless chargingtakes significantly longer than wired charging. However, Huawei has tried its best and says its technology is 50% faster than its Apple counterpart.

Is it worth buying?

Huawei's latest wireless headphones combine inwe’ve got everything we like about AirPods: design and simplicity, with active noise cancellation, significantly improved microphones, improved Android compatibility and a case for wireless charging.

The best part of all this — this is probablyprice! I would recommend buying these wireless headphones to all AirPods fans using an Android smartphone. If you have an iPhone, it's probably best not to buy these headphones because not all features will be available. Links to purchase are here.


  • Comfortable fit
  • Wireless charger
  • Great microphones
  • Good battery life
  • Compact design


  • Active noise reduction is barely noticeable