Huawei FreeBuds Pro Review: Smooth and Steady

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Huawei seemed to have jotted down all the lapses they had in the previous iterations of their true wireless earphones and has addressed them to produce an improved variant in the form of the Huawei FreeBuds Pro. From its design to its performance, here's why it's included in our current list of tech must-haves.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro Review: Smooth and Steady
Huawei FreeBuds Pro Review: Smooth and Steady

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One look and the Huawei FreeBuds Pro will surely remind you of Apple's AirPods Pro. The Chinese technology firm might have taken after Apple's wireless earphones not just for inspiration but to also emphasize that the Huawei FreeBuds Pro is poised to be a competition for the AirPods Pro. While its predecessors, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 and the budget-friendly Huawei FreeBuds 3i, are somehow similar in their form factors, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro subjectively takes the higher-end in terms of its design.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro Retail Package
Retail Package

The pair comes in a sleek and small body and has a rather chunky charging case, but it's still portable and can easily fit inside jean pockets. The Huawei FreeBuds Pro comes with oval-shaped tips attached in an elongated, rectangular stem. The stems of the earphones carry a touch-sensitive button where users can access the quick functions of the Huawei FreeBuds Pro, like pausing and playing music and changing the volume. This is the first time that Huawei has incorporated such a convenient feature on its TWS earphones.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro Design

Below is the complete list of Smart interaction you can make with the FreeBuds for easier control:
  • Press and hold either earbud - ANC/Awareness Mode
  • Swipe up on either earbud - Volume +
  • Swide down on either earbud - Volume -
  • Pinch either earbud once - Play/Pause music or Answer/End a call
  • Pinch either earbud twice - Next song
  • Pince either earbud 3 times - previous song

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The said touch-sensitive button is also where the Huawei FreeBuds Pro's Awareness mode can be activated. This basically allows users to enjoy ambient listening and hear conversations even without taking the earbuds off the ears. On the other hand, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro likewise has very outstanding noise-cancellation capabilities with four various modes -- Cosy, General, Ultra, and Dynamic -- accessible via the AI Life app. The first three modes offer different levels of noise-cancellation depending on the environment or the users' surroundings. While the fourth one, which is the Dynamic, recognize the ambient sounds intelligently, then switches the noise cancellation mode accordingly for a more suitable hearing experience.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro Comfortable Fit
Comfortable Fit

In terms of ergonomics, despite its rather small body, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro promises a comfortable fit, and it didn't even once slip off the ear or provided an uncomfy feeling even with long hours of usage.


Just like how impressive the pair is on the outside, it equally delivered an outstanding performance in its audio department. The Huawei FreeBuds Pro particularly appeals to the bass-loving audiophiles, as the pair does a good job in bringing in lively and punchy tunes. Nothing much can also be said about how it plays the mids and highs other than our observation that it delivers decent sound across various music genres. Casual listeners who go from streaming their favorite songs on Spotify to binge-watching episodes of a TV series on Netflix would surely appreciate the Huawei FreeBuds Pro.

In terms of its battery, the Huawei FreeBuds can last roughly four hours of playback with Active Noise-Cancellation (ANC) or just around 8 hours in standard mode. With its battery case, the pair gets an additional 30 hours of juice. We'd say that this is pretty decent, although there are other TWS options out there tagged at the same price bracket, which can outshine this. Of course, battery life may vary depending on the audio source, environment, usage habits, and volume.

Huawei FreeBuds Pro USB Type-C and Wireless Charging Case
USB Type-C/Wireless Charging Case

The charging case uses a USB Type-C port; it has a 580mAh capacity that can be fully charged in just about an hour using the wired charger and slightly above two hours using a wireless charger.


Huawei FreeBuds Pro Philippines
Huawei FreeBuds Pro 

By and large, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro is fitting to be dubbed as Huawei's most advanced wireless earphones yet. If you're looking to reward yourself with a TWS upgrade for the holidays, this is an ideal pair to score.

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