Huawei FreeBuds 3: an AirPods alternative that's better than the original

Apple is constantly struggling to keep up with AirPods demand and the Samsung Galaxy Buds have been quite well received this year by both customers and reviewers. Huawei, on the other hand, is yet to experience a similar level of success in the so-called ‘hearables’ segment but its latest product could change everything.

Sleeker design, dedicated audio chip, noise cancelation

Marketed as the FreeBuds 3, Huawei’s latest wireless earphones replace last year’s FreeBuds 2 Pro and introduce several subtle yet important design changes. The overall look is still reminiscent of Apple’s AirPods but this latest iteration now looks almost identical to the wired earphones Huawei ships with the P30 Pro and other high-end phones, thus creating a product that’s significantly slimmer and slightly longer than the previous model.

Huawei also says its latest creation boasts an anti-wind design that’ll help improve the audio experience. Speaking of which, the company hopes to take things to the next level with a dedicated audio chip called the Kirin A1 which supports Bluetooth 5.1, consumes 50% less power, and is around 5% smaller than Apple’s competing H1 chip, therefore giving Huawei more freedom to design its products.

Accompanying all of this is a “Dolphin” cavity that helps create a more focused, accurate sound experience and active noise cancelation that can be turned off at any point by the user. The latter is pretty impressive considering the size of Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 – it’s typically reserved for much larg