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HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite go stem-to-stem with AirPods 2

Can this AirPods clone do enough to stand out from the crowd?

Published onMarch 26, 2019

Image of the HUAWEI FreeLace FreeBuds Lite Watch GT and Super Powerbank pricing from the launch event stage.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite will retail for 119 Euro.

Huawei’s prodding tweet, “Thanks for the warm up Tim,” prepared us for the Chinese company to target Apple for its launch event. The release of the HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite true wireless earbuds is a timely one that directly competes with the AirPods 2.

While little is known about the FreeBuds Lite yet, HUAWEI CEO Richard Yu disclosed that the earbuds offer 12 hours of playback with the charging case and received an IPX4 certification, meaning they may serve as a durable workout companion.

Remembering the FreeBuds

HUAWEI Freebuds in the case.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds seemed promising at first but struggled to remain connected.

A year ago, the original FreeBuds made headlines as a viable AirPods competitor. HUAWEI mimicked the identifiable all-white stemmed design. Everything about the FreeBuds was eerily similar to the AirPods, save for the angled nozzles that permit a proper seal. Things seemed promising, but forums overflowed with talk of connectivity issues, rendering the earbuds useless — too light to even be a paperweight.

HUAWEI FreeLace earbuds show more promise than FreeBuds
HUAWEI Freelace earbuds resting on HUAWEI P30 Pro, connected to the phone.

Hopefully, the HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite sings a lovely redemption song for the company, as the true wireless market is growing evermore saturated. At this point, being an AirPods copy doesn’t cut it. The companies that are succeeding in the true wireless audio space are the ones with specialized products or affordable general earbuds that undercut premium brands’ pricing.

We’ll be sure to update you as we get our hands on the HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite which will retail for 119 Euros — 50 Euros cheaper than the first generation, and are available in black or white.

Next: HUAWEI P30 and P30 Pro hands-on