Huawei has added noise cancellation to the third generation of FreeBuds, the brand’s wireless headsets to compete with AirPods. FreeBuds 3, which the company announced on the IFA 2019 stage, include four hours of battery life in the headset itself and comes with a circular disc-shaped charging case that increases the total listening time to 20 hours.
The earphones are available in black or white. Huawei says FreeBuds 3 are the world’s first noise-canceling earphones with an open-fitting design. What this means is that these headsets do not create a sealed physical barrier between the ear canal and the world around us, as they do the silicon tips of normal noise-canceling headsets.
Active noise cancellation tends to work best in low-frequency sounds such as airplane crash or traffic noise, but is less effective at higher frequencies, which is why it is also helpful to make the headset try to prevent physically the sounds of entering our ears.
Huawei is also launching a new FreeBuds 3 Chipset, called A1, which compares to the H1 used by Apple in its AirPods. The company says the new Chipset is the first in the world to support the Bluetooth 5.1 standard and is designed to offer lower latency and power consumption compared to other Bluetooth chipsets.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) September 6, 2019