Huawei’s new Bluetooth headset FreeBuds 4i recently got the SIG Bluetooth certification. From the certification information, Huawei FreeBuds 4i supports Bluetooth 5.2. Before now, this headset also passed the SGS Fimko certification. The certification shows that the charging box of Huawei Freebuds 4i will use a USB-C interface.
From the model point of view, Huawei FreeBuds 4i should be the successor of FreeBuds 3i. If it follows its predecessor, it should also support active noise reduction. However, the upgrade will be in its Bluetooth rating. The Huawei FreeBuds 3i supports Bluetooth 5.0. Thus the Huawei FreeBuds 4i Bluetooth 5.2 as well as the inclusion of the USB-C charging interface will be an upgrade.
Huawei FreeBuds 3i has a sleek appearance and an ergonomic design. It comes with a 10mm large-size dynamic driver unit, has multiple microphones, and supports active noise reduction. This device can also provide 3.5 hours of audio playback time, while the charging box can provide 14.5 hours of battery life. It uses a Micro-USB interface. There are two colours which include ceramic white and carbon black. The current price on major e-commerce platforms is 599 yuan ($93).
Huawei’s travail continues
The current ban on Huawei by the U.S. is affecting the general operations of the company. However, Huawei is not giving up and it is still releasing new products as well as expanding to different countries. The latest report on Huawei’s expansion shows that it will invest $80 million in R&D in Ireland. This investment will create over a hundred jobs in the country.
The new jobs involve multiple business areas such as sales, R&D, and IT development. The company said that these positions will be mainly located in the Dublin headquarters and Cork and Athlone. In the past 15 months, the company has added 200 jobs in Ireland. Presently, the company has a total of 480 employees. Huawei stated that the new investment was made with the support of continued demand for the company’s products and services.
Huawei’s smartphone business outside China is still nosediving. Without Google Mobile Services, its sales will continue to drop. However, we can not say the same for the Chinese market. Nevertheless, the lack of chips may also force the company to lose China. As of now, Huawei has a firm grip on the Chinese smartphone market. According to CINNO Research, Canalys and IDC, Huawei comfortably led the Chinese smartphone market in 2020.