Huawei FreeBuds 4i review: great ANC and audio above the price range

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The current trend for wireless earphones is undoubtedly to find a model that has noise cancellation but doesn't cost a lot. Obviously, this involves some audio trade-offs on the part of the manufacturers and that's exactly what it worked for Huawei with the new ones FreeBuds 4i, the TWS ANC earphones protagonists of this review, but will he have hit the target?

Huawei FreeBuds 4i Review | TWS ANC earphones

Package Contents

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An essential packaging in the presentation, but also the interior is essential, since there are the Huawei FreeBuds 4i area of review enclosed by the oval case, the manuals, the spare rubber pads of various sizes and a long cable USB Type-C, very similar to what we might find for a smartphone.

Design and materials

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The style chosen for the FreeBuds 4i is a kind of middle ground between 3i and FreeBuds Pro, while the case is certainly closer to that of the Pro. I'm not bad in the design, but they are not particularly distinguished in the universe of TWS earphones that we are used to seeing, especially in the price range. The matter dominant is the polycarbonate polished, good to the touch but not really premium. Appreciated the ear grate with large holes, particular.

They are not exactly light, compared to other competitors, weighing about 5.5 grams. The case dei, on the other hand, is very light FreeBuds 4i, which weighs about 36.5 grams. Wearing in any case is comfortable and they hold very well to the ear, which is essential for ANC.

Smart functions

Complex speech to be made regarding the Huawei FreeBuds 4i. Not so much for the smart features in itself, as simple, intuitive and concrete, so that we have appreciated, but in the management through application.

Although they must in fact be regulated by Huawei AI Life, are not detectable by the application that you download from the Google Play Store or from the iOS App Store, but only from the same app that you need via QR Code but only on Android devices. In short, all very convoluted if you don't have a Huawei smartphone.

In any case, the pairing is very fast, thanks to the Bluetooth 5.2, the touch controls work well and are responsive, but above all theANC it works really well. They isolate us very well and it is hybrid, with the "Awaken”(A kind of Transparency) that works just as well as the noise cancellation of the FreeBuds 4i. From the aforementioned application it is then possible to adjust which commands should be entered for the touch sensors. Of course, if it weren't so difficult to install ...

Audio Quality - Huawei FreeBuds 4i

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Premise: those who have tried them are more demanding than the public they are addressed to, but the evaluation is still objective regarding theaudio of the FreeBuds 4i. They sound good, the audio is good quality but it's not the best in the price range, especially (strangely) on Android devices.

The mystery is soon revealed: you must necessarily set the audio with AAC codec in the Settings, which is probably pre-set on iOS while on Android it is not so automatic, risking sometimes to hear croaking if not activated. For an audience that listens to music on Spotify that's fine, but don't ask these headphones to listen music in FLAC format (which is a bit 'the great limit of the Consumer models of each brand).

Here is the complete technical sheet of the TWS ANC Huawei FreeBuds 4i earphones:

  • Bluetooth 5.2;
  • 10mm dynamic drivers;
  • transmission distance 10 meters;
  • SBC / AAC codec;
  • case dimensions: 61.8 x 48 x 27.5 mm, weight 36.5 g;
  • earphone size: 37.5 x 23.9 x 21mm, weight 5.5g;
  • earphone battery: 55 mAh;
  • case battery: 215 mAh;

Autonomy

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Good, without a doubt, theautonomy to the Huawei FreeBuds 4i. And never like this time are the earphones to guarantee a good autonomy, both without cancellation and with ANC, which respects what is indicated by the brand. Perhaps only the autonomy of the case is sufficient, which does not lead these headphones to do more. All in all, however, for the target they set for themselves it is okay.

Huawei FreeBuds 4i - Sale price and conclusions

The selling price of these Huawei FreeBuds 4i earphones is 89 €, which as far as they offer in theANC and for mid-range audio I am in focus, but to become a real best-buy, you will probably have to wait a few months for the street price to drop by about € 20/25.

If you want to buy them, we refer you to Official site of Huawei where you will find the bundle with the FreeBuds 4i earphones with the smartband combined Band 4 in tribute to the price of 89 €, which makes it very interesting. In case you want to buy them on Amazon at the same price but without a bundle, find the link below.

And it is precisely this that we must grasp in the conclusions: they are a product for everyone, which touches the right chords between the preferences of Consumer users without pretending to be headphones for those looking for a more refined listening, but moreover with no mobility. there is no need for them at all and therefore we promote them, as they push their technical specifications in an honest way.

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