The completely wireless headphones are in fashion and active noise cancellation, fortunately, is no longer something rather exclusive. This headphones format is smaller and without the acoustic advantages of isolation posed per se supra-aural or other types of headphones. In this trend now comes the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, a new TWS that, without being the most affordable, is below the Huawei FreeBuds Pro in price.
The direct successors of the Huawei FreeBuds 3i maintain one of its main features: active noise cancellation. We also see that the design is broadly maintained, although there are some changes in both the headphones and the charging case.
Huawei FreeBuds 4i Specifications
|Huawei FreeBuds 4i|
|Weight||5.5 g each earphone|
36.5 g carrying case
|Dimensions||Headphone: 37.5 x 23.9 x 21mm|
Case: 48 x 61.8 x 27.5mm
|Design and Connectivity||USB-C, active noise cancellation|
|Diaphragm Unit||10 mm|
|Battery||Headphone: 55 mAh|
Case: 215 mAh
Autonomy 10 hours (7.5 hours with ANC)
|Recharge Time||Charging headphones with case: 1 hour Charging the case: 90 minutes|
|Price||CNY 499 about $77 at exchange change|
Design Change and Better Battery (in the Earphones)
As we said, the Huawei Freebuds 4i maintains the format, although the design lines have changed slightly concerning the FreeBuds 3i. The stem is shorter and somewhat thicker and the part of the earphone is more curved and stylized, being available in white, red, or black.
This design, according to the manufacturer, is more convenient in terms of wind noise resistance. This, together with active noise cancellation and a dual microphone system, promises to give a good experience.
What does change more is the charging case. Now the FreeBuds fit vertically, meaning there is a hole for the bar, and the case is not as elongated as on the 3i. Also, the charging case weighs about 20 grams less.
In addition to the case design, another major change is the battery, for better and for worse. The headphones go from integrating a 37 mAh battery to 55 mAh, promising up to 10 hours of battery life or 7.5 hours with noise cancellation active. To these hours is added one more thanks to the case, which goes from 410 mAh to 215 mAh (compared to the FreeBuds 3i).
The brand promises about four hours of playback with 10 minutes of charging in its case. If you want a full charge, this is done in an hour, and the case itself. The full charge of the headphones takes 1 hour in the box while charging the case takes 90 minutes.
Another feature that remains is gesture control, with sensors on both the headphones and the case (so that pairing happens without having to take the headphones out). The connection to the mobile device is via Bluetooth 5.2.
Price and Availability of the Huawei FreeBuds 4i
For now, the new Huawei FreeBuds 4i has been presented in China and we know the launch price in that market which is CNY 499, about $77 and EUR 63 at the exchange rate.