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Huawei’s new FreeBuds Studio take aim at Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser

Can HUAWEI compete with the best in the audio market with its first over-ear headphones?

Published onOctober 22, 2020

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  • HUAWEI has launched the FreeBuds Studio, its first over-ear headphones.
  • The headset features support for Active Noise Cancellation and promises 24 hours of uninterrupted playback.

HUAWEI had a packed launch event today where it not only announced the new Mate 40 flagship but also unveiled a bunch of other devices, including its first pair of wireless over-ear headphones. Called the HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio, the premium Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headset boldly aims to take on established players in the industry like Bose, Sennheiser, and Sony.

The FreeBuds Studio has a 7mm thin stainless steel arm and soft-feel ear cups. The headphones feature touch controls, just like the Sony WH-1000XM4, so you can double-tap to pause/play, swipe left/right to switch tracks, and swipe up/down to adjust the volume.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio specs

In terms of sound quality, the HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio promises a 48kHz wireless frequency response. It also features a 40mm dynamic driver and brings support for 24-bit audio, so you should ideally be able to enjoy all your high-res digital files.

Also read: The best noise-canceling TWS earbuds

The headphones are powered by the same HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip that also features on the FreeBuds Pro true wireless earbuds. As such, the sound quality and noise-canceling performance should be good. HUAWEI claims it’s comparable to flagship headphones like the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 or the Sony ones we mentioned before.

Elsewhere, the FreeBuds Studio gets Bluetooth 5.2 with a dual antenna design to widen coverage. HUAWEI says that the headset can seamlessly switch between two devices on macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android.

When it comes to battery life, the HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio promise 24 hours of uninterrupted playback. The company says you can get up to eight hours of juice with just 10 minutes of USB-C charging. However, there’s no info on how long the battery will last with ANC turned on.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio price and availability

The HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio is priced at €299 and will be available in Europe from the next weeks.

All-in-all, the specs and features of the HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio sound pretty encouraging. What’s left to see is how well they perform in real life and if they can actually bring the heat to the Bose, Sony, and Sennheisers of the world.

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