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Huawei Freebuds 3: Give the gift of freedom this holiday season

Freedom from noise and being tethered

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Gone are the days of buying something generic for the sake of gifting. ‘Tis the season to give every purchase a whole lot of thought.

One of the best things you can get for your loved ones this holiday season is the gift of freedom — freedom from being tethered and freedom from noise. Meet the Huawei Freebuds 3, a pair of true wireless earphones with intelligent noise cancellation.

Designed to deliver comfort and high quality audio

Sleek, minimal, and modern, the Huawei Freebuds 3 are housed in a rounded charging case to comfortably fit in your pocket and rest easily in the palm of your hand.

In an age where we do everything on the go, an open-fit design is a must for maximum comfort. Despite its size, the Freebuds 3’s Dolphin Bionic Design delivers high quality audio. Optimized to achieve an ideal balance of treble, middle, and bass, the tips go in a little deeper even if you don’t feel them.

Get things done without the outside world’s distractions

Whether you’re on your commute, in the office, at a cafe or out in the streets, the Huawei Freebuds 3 are able to effectively reduce environmental noise thanks to the Kirin A1 chip. This allows not just listening to music more enjoyable, the other party in a call will also be able to hear more clearly.

Waiting will be a thing of the past

With its unmatched stability and ease of connectivity, there’s no need to worry about pairing the earphones with your device every time you need to use them.

When they run out of juice, put them back in the round case and it will instantly start charging. The case can also be charged three ways: with a USB-C cable, on a fast wireless charger, or on top of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro using reverse wireless charging.

Ultimate gift for your loved ones

The Huawei Freebuds 3 come in Carbon Black and Ceramic White. From November 30, 2019 all the way to January 5, 2020, buying select Huawei smartphones will slash PhP 2,000 off of its retail price of PhP 8,990.

Discounted or not, a pair of Huawei Freebuds 3 is the perfect gift for the most important people in your life. It’s one of the few true wireless earbuds equipped with active noise cancellation. Not only is it designed to fit comfortably, it promises up to 4 hours of music playback and up to 20 hours with the charging case.

To avail of Huawei’s Christmas promos visit consumer.huawei.com/ph/campaign/together-2020/


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

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Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

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OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

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Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

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