Huawei brings Apple AirPods clone, as if the notch wasn't enough

Huawei's new earphones have an uncanny resemblance to the Apple AirPods.


Huawei has introduced what seems to be the most expensive Apple AirPods-clone till date, and are dubbed as 'FreeBuds.' These are fully-wireless Bluetooth headphones that were launched alongside the P20. Folks at The Verge got the chance to get their hands on the earphones and noted that they are comfortable and fits well in the ear.

Huawei brings Apple AirPods clone, as if the notch wasn't enough


Unfortunately, the company didn't allow for any listening experience. Unlike the AirPods, Huawei's FreeBuds doesn't offer any noise isolation functionality, but it does have the silicone covered tips. Also, the stem of the earphones is slightly longer than the AirPods.

Not just the design, the FreeBuds also borrows the case mechanism from the AirPods, just the placement of the buds will be horizontal instead of vertical. Huawei's FreeBuds claims to offer 10-hour battery life, which is double to what Apple offers with its AirPods.

The new earphones will be available in White and Black color options, something that Apple doesn't. In Europe the FreeBuds will be selling at a cost of €159, making slightly cheaper than the AirPods.

The FreeBuds were unveiled alongside the flagship P20 / P20 Pro smartphones. Talking of the specifications, both the new flagships run EMUI 8.1 wrapped under Android 8.1 Oreo. They are powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC alongside a neural processing unit that provides an AI integration and offers 60 percent better response time.

The Huawei P20 Pro sports a 6.1-inch full-HD+ OLED FullView display with 1080x2240 pixel resolution. It is said to feature a 'natural tone display' that is said to offer comfortable viewing experience to the users. The P20 has 4GB of RAM, while the Pro variant brings 6GB of RAM.

Both devices have 128GB of inbuilt storage. Besides, the smartphones feature a 360-degree Face Unlock feature that claims to unlock the device within 0.6 seconds. The P20 is backed by a 3400mAh battery, while the Pro variant is juiced by a 4000mAh battery. Both batteries support company's SuperCharge fast charging that claims to provide 58 percent in 30 minutes.


DxOMark has given the P20 Pro the top spot among the current smartphones. The device scored a tremendous 109 rating for its camera. Huawei P20 Pro's smaller sibling - the P20 secured the second place on DxOMark with a 102 rating. These two smartphones are followed by the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X.

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