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Huawei FreeBuds 3 Review Rundown

Huawei TechnologiesPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Huawei FreeBuds 3 Headphones
Neoscore* 66%
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Not fully compatible with Apple products

Summary

Huawei FreeBuds 3 true wireless earphones are cheaper than the equivalent Apple product, the AirPods 2 with wireless charging case. Despite being open-fit, the Freebuds 3 offer impressive sound quality with great bass levels. The ANC isn't as powerful as an earbud that comes with a silicone tip and there are brands out there that offer better sound quality for similar prices.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

expertreviews[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
FreeBuds 3 are the third iteration of Huawei's AirPods rival. This update sees a brand-new charging case and the introduction of noise-cancelling. Pairing the buds to your phone is easy – simply press the small button on the right-hand side of the case. The buds connect in a matter of seconds to your Android phone, even without a Huawei device.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive battery life and noise-cancelling
  • Excellent sound quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Huawei FreeBuds 3 true wireless earphones are available at a price of £169.99. By comparison, the new Apple AirPods Pro headphones cost £249, so about 80 pounds more than the Huawei headphones. The audio experience is good, especially in terms of the midrange and treble. Bass is also warm, but don't expect a fully immersive experience.
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Pros[**]
  • Good sound quality
  • Open design
  • Good battery life
  • Good call quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Freebuds 3 offer impressive sound quality with great bass levels. Designed to work with Huawei phones, particularly those running Android 10. Pairing process works exactly like AirPods on an iPhone. In the AI Life app you'll find a dial which you can turn to adjust the noise cancelling effect.
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Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Works with Huawei phones
Cons[**]
  • Can't adjust active noise cancelling
  • Can't recharge via USB-C

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Huawei FreeBuds 3 are true wireless earbuds that let in ambient noise. They're the first in the world to combine an open fit with active noise canceling. At £169 (about AU$320 based on current conversion rates), they're not exactly cheap. They sound impressive, with a spacious soundstage that's significantly rounder than we anticipated.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic in-ear fit
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy on the eye
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The FreeBuds 3 are Huawei's latest true wireless earbuds. They're £30 cheaper (but $20 more) than the equivalent Apple product, the AirPods 2 with wireless charging case. They work their best only with specific Huawei phones, require an Android-only app to unlock their true potential and won't be on sale in the U.S.
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Pros[**]
  • IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant
  • Good battery life
  • Wireless charging case
Cons[**]
  • Not available in the U.S

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 45%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The FreeBuds 3 are Huawei's first true wireless earbuds. They have active noise cancellation and an open-fit design. The soundstage is small, tinny and sparse sounding with no real sense of depth. There are obvious compromises: the lack of a seal means noise isolation is poor and using them on the London Underground has audio competing with flood of noise.
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Pros[**]
  • Super-fast charging
  • Impressive battery life
  • Good noise isolation
Cons[**]
  • Poor ANC
  • Mediocre call quality

references

  1. 1. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3 review: AirPods Pro killers?. Expertreviews. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3 review: the Android alternative to AirPods. Nextpit. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Huawei Freebuds 3 review. Techadvisor. 02 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3 review. Techradar. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3 review: AirPods for Android. Tomsguide. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3 Review. Trustedreviews. 16 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  8. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  9. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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