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Huawei FreeBuds 3i Review Rundown

HuaweiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Good sound quality
  • Active and environmental noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
  • Nothing in particular


Huawei FreeBuds 3i offer impressive sound quality at their price range, but Huawei could have done better when it came to battery life. With two outward-facing mics and one inward-facing mic for active noise cancellation in a feedfoward + feedback design, the FreeBuds 3i lower ambient noise by up to 32 dB.
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.



Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The FreeBuds 3i let you toggle in a special mode that helps outside sounds go through. It works a lot like the AirPods Pro's Transparency mode, just called different: Awareness mode. There's a noticeable difference between Awareness mode and simply turning ANC off. You'll get the best results with low, monotone noises like the humming of an airplane cabin or car engines.
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  • Good sound quality
  • Active noise-cancelling
  • Good battery life
  • Mediocre sound quality


Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
Huawei FreeBuds 3i and Honor Magic Earbuds deliver similar functions. With a long press, you switch the suppression of outside noise on or off. The transparent mode is not available as standard, as you will have to update the firmware. At this price range, the Huawei model offers good sound quality.
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  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good noise isolation
  • No ANC
  • No equalizer


Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The FreeBuds 3i cost £89.99 and you can buy them from Huawei directly or other retailers including Amazon. It's a good price for the quality on offer, both sound quality and build quality plus features such as ANC. But the 3i's battery life isn't quite as good as some of its rivals. The closed-fit design already does a good job of noise isolation, but there is a noticeable difference when you enable ANC.
Find the original article here.
  • Good sound quality
  • Active noise cancelling
  • Good battery life
  • Noise cancelling isn’t as good as AirPods


1. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3i review: Great features on a budget. androidauthority. 2020-07-17 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Huawei FreeBuds 3i review: the superior option. nextpit. 2020-07-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Huawei Freebuds 3i review. techadvisor. 2020-07-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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