Huawei has launched the second iteration of its popular FreeBuds truly wireless Bluetooth earphones. The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro comes with advanced ‘Bone Conduction’ audio transmission that opens up the possibility for secure user authentication. The miniature earphones come with their own sleek charger-cum-case.
The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro certainly look inspired from Apple AirPods. However, the latest version that Huawei launched in China, comes with some pretty futuristic features. In addition to bone conduction, the earphones also have high precision microphones, and support some nifty feature touch controls. The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro were supposed to launch alongside Huawei Mate 20 series smartphones. But strangely, the company chose to forgo their launch, and focused all the attention on its premium, high-end flagship Android smartphones that sport the industry-leading ‘Leica Triple-Shot’ triple camera setup on the back, and next-gen Kirin 980 SoC.
Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro Price, Availability
The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro launched in China at an inaugural price of CNY 999, which roughly translates to INR 10,000. The FreeBuds 2 Pro are truly wireless audio accessories that look remarkably similar to the Apple AirPods. In fact, the Huawei truly wireless earphones also come with a charger-cum-case that looks identical to the one that Apple offers with its AirPods.
Huawei has commercially launched the Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro. In other words, interested buyers can purchase them from quite a few popular Chinese online retailers including Tmall, JD.com, and VMall. Sadly, Huawei has presently restricted the launch of the earphones to China. The company is yet to confirm availability of the Bluetooth earphones in international markets, including India. Still, we are confident that Huawei may launch the Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro in India early next year.
The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro truly wireless Bluetooth earphones are available in two color options: Black and White. Although the colors seem stark, there is a thin colored ring that boosts the visual appeal of the earphones.
Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro Specifications, Features
The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro rely on advanced Bone Conduction as the choice of audio transmission. In simple words, the earphones conduct sound to the inner ear through the vibration of the bones of the user.
Although the technology is primarily used to transmit sound, Huawei has employed the same for a more advanced purpose of user authentication. In other words, the Bone Conduction feature enables the earphones to accurately identify the speaker, just like Google’s voice match feature. This authentication technique allows the wearer to use the Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro to make secure monetary transactions. The earphones can seamlessly integrate themselves with payment facilitating platforms like Alipay and WeChat Pay.
The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro has two high-precision, high-performance microphones. Huawei claims these miniature but powerful microphones can efficiently reduce ambient noise, and offer better call performance.
Controlling the FreeBuds 2 Pro is quite easy. They support voice control. Moreover, they also have a double-tap feature which allows the wearer to accept calls and change music. The earphones draw power from a surprisingly large 420mAh battery. The battery can reportedly last up to 2.5 hours on a single charge, and about 15 hours with the charging case. Surprisingly, the charging-cum-case supports USB Type-C as well as wireless charging. If that’s not enough, Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone users can easily charge the Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro by simply placing the case on the back of the handset.
The Huawei FreeBuds 2 Pro comes with an IP54 rating. Hence users can wear them during workouts or even during light rain. These earphones also offer AI-assisted voice recognition features. This allows buyers to make hands-free phone calls and instantly access Google Assistant.