Huawei has opened a new chapter in its True Wireless Stereo (TWS) buds lineup. With the launch of FreeBuds 5, Huawei proved that it is ready to step outside of the box and is not afraid of doing something new. In other words, the Huawei FreeBuds 5 has a design you have never seen before.
Looking back, the Huawei FreeBuds 4 launched two years ago. Although that pair of TWS buds was nothing special, it did excel in performance. Afterward, Huawei launched the FreeBuds 5i, which stepped up the budget-friendly TWS game by offering many high-end features at a low price point.
So, what’s the story behind the Huawei FreeBuds 5? Let’s take a closer look at the buds.
Never Seen Before Design of Huawei FreeBuds 5
Its unique design is the first thing that sets the Huawei FreeBuds 5 apart. While most manufacturers are sticking with the same form factor, Huawei stepped outside the box. It took inspiration from “Rupert’s Tears,” which was formed during the development and testing of Kunlun Glass.
This inspiration allowed Huawei to create a brand new curved shape for the base of the FreeBuds 5. For the earpiece portion, Huawei has opted for a water droplet shape. And both of these unique shapes go hand in hand with each other, creating a pair of buds that stands out a lot from the rest.
But how does the new design of the Huawei FreeBuds 5 feel in the ears? According to Huawei, the buds have gone through tons of rigorous wearing tests. Along the way, the buds saw different adjustments. Those made the pair end up with a design that naturally fits in the ear and offers a highly comfortable wearing experience.
The overall build quality is pretty robust too. Huawei did not skimp on the materials. The FreeBuds 5 even has an IP54 rating, making it resistant to dust and water.
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Noise Cancellation and Sound Quality
As you can tell from the pictures, the Huawei FreeBuds 5 is a pair of semi-in or half-in ear earbuds. Technically, it is impossible to deploy any noise-cancellation feature in such a form factor or design. Huawei took the challenge and integrated a noise reduction 3.0 feature into the buds.
Thanks to that, the overall music-listening experience will be comfortable and heavily immersive. Talking of which, the interior of the Huawei FreeBuds 5 comes with a three-part design. The inside has a battery module, control circuit, and sound unit. Each of them has a separate placement, which enhances the performance.
Nonetheless, Huawei FreeBuds 5 has a super magnetic surge unit for the sound unit. It is driven by strong double-ring magnets. Combined with sound pressure Turbo technology, the 11mm large drivers will properly make you get every detail of the music.
The FreeBuds 5 even has support for LDAC and L2HC codecs. These are two of the high-definition codecs that let the earbuds deliver a full-link HiFi sound. There’s also an ultra-wideband real-time hearing optimization system. That algorithm can smartly analyze the canal structure, volume level of the buds, and wearing status.
After analyzing, the smart algorithm completes the 100Hz-2kHz ultra-wideband precise compensation within 2 seconds. So, no matter what, you will be sure to get an immersive overall audio-listening experience with the Huawei FreeBuds 5.
Battery Life and Charging
Huawei did not skimp one bit in terms of battery life. The FreeBuds 5 can offer you up to 30 hours of runtime with a single charge. And as it features 5C fast charging, you will not need to worry about anything when the buds are out of juice. Just 5 minutes of charge will let you enjoy 2 hours of non-stop listening.
And you are getting all of these features for a very attractive price. The Huawei FreeBuds 5 is priced at RMB 899, which is around $132.