Huawei launches earcuff-inspired FreeClip earbuds
Huawei recently (13 December 2023) had a huge product launch in Dubai, bringing several gadgets to the worldwide market.
Among them is a pair of true wireless earbuds that looks more like a fashion accessory than tech, a larger 13-inch version of its MatePad tablet, another PaperMatte tablet, and a new notebook.
The Huawei FreeClip is a pair of true wireless earbuds shaped like an earcuff, with a “C-bridge design” created for comfort and fit. Huawei said it came to this with the help of 10,000+ “global human ear data” and 25,000 reliability tests to develop an arched arm that holds the other two important parts: the Comfort Bean and the Acoustic Ball.
Here are some quick specs so you know what to expect with the Huawei FreeClip. The buds are IP54-rated for sweat and water resistance, with 10.8mm dual-magnet drivers. The call microphone and its voice projection unit are housed in the ball-shaped half, while its windproof microphone sits in the bean-shaped counterpart.
While it doesn’t claim to have active noise cancellation (ANC) for listening, it does have an algorithm to amplify your voice in calls (AI Crystal-Clear Call) and windproofing for noise reduction. Huawei FreeClip is also made for long durations, with each bud weighing just 5.6g and boasting eight hours of battery life (36 hours if you include the charging case).
Note that the FreeClip are open-ear buds, which means you shouldn’t expect silicone ear tips sealing your sound in (the earcuff design holds it in place for you). Also, only the buds are rated for water resistance; the charging case doesn’t have any elemental protection.
Features include touch controls, where you can tap on the Acoustic Ball, C-bridge, or Comfort Bean for controls like playing/pausing music, accepting/ending a call, and skipping to the next track.
Huawei FreeClip has a late December 2023 launch in Europe (£180) and the UK (€200), with its official pricing and availability in Singapore yet to be revealed.
Other tablets and accessories
Other products seen at the launch are the Huawei MatePad Pro 13.2, which packs an OLED panel into a 5.5mm-thin body, which is compatible with the Huawei M-Pencil (3rd generation) stylus with 10,000+ pressure sensing levels.
Also unveiled was the Huawei MatePad Air PaperMatte Edition which takes the MatePad Air’s form factor and combines it with its paper-like LCD technology for its 2,800 x 1,840 pixels resolution panel.
Finally, there is the Huawei MateBook D 16, a 16-inch notebook with 13th-gen Intel Core H-series processors and a build as light as “mainstream 15.6-inch laptops”.
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