Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro is here to ‘redefine noise cancellation’

First TWS with ‘intelligent dynamic noise cancellation’



Huawei was pretty gun shy about slapping the “pro” tag on their TWS earphones. Now, we’re finding out why with the Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro which has the bold claim of redefining noise cancellation.

If this were any other manufacturer we would be more skeptical, but previous the company’s previous TWS earphones on the Freebuds 3 line have been nothing short of fantastic. So, what’s different now?

Next level noise cancellation

Let’s get to the meat of the improvement. The Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro’s noise cancellation has gone up to 40db. Previous models were at 30db (Freebuds 3) and 15db (Freebuds 3i).

Like the Freebuds 3, it’s equipped with the Kirin A1 chip to aid in noise cancellation, but there are other factors in play as well. The chip is complemented by the in-ear fit — a feature it shares with the Freebuds 3i but not the Freebuds 3.

Adding to these are the dual microphones located both inside and outside the earbuds. This is a key design decision that helps in detecting the surrounding you’re in. It enables the Freebuds 3 Pro to automatically choose the appropriate noise cancellation mode of which it has three: Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode, and General Mode.

Improved battery life

More features mean a little more strain on the battery, but Huawei managed to improve it still, on paper, at least. With noise cancellation on, the Freebuds 3 Pro should last for 4.5 hours, with it turned off, you should get up to 7 hours on a single charge.

When charging for 10 minutes, the wired charging method can charge to 30% and wireless charging method can be charged to 18%. With a 30-minute charge, the wired charging method can charge to 55%, and wireless charging can charge up to 32%.

It supports Huawei SuperCharge so you can use your Huawei tablet or smartphone that support the reverse wireless charging feature to juice up the TWS earbuds.

Intuitive controls and usage

Huawei is also leaning into the stem design but for good reason. They’ve traditionally used the stem both as a way for the user to control the functions of the earbud and as a mic for audio output. The same is true for the Freebuds 3 Pro.

Toggling the noise cancellation on or off can be done by simply pinching the stem. The same gesture can also be assigned to answer and hang-up calls, pause and play songs, and others. To control the volume, users can simply slide up or down on the stem. Convenient.

The Freebuds 3 Pro also allows simultaneous pairing. You can pair it with two devices at the same time. These also don’t have to be Huawei devices. The Dual Connection feature will let you seamlessly switch to Android, iOS, and Windows devices. Neat!

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro comes in three colors: Carbon Black, Ceramic White, and Silver Frost. It will retail for EUR 199 (US$ 236) and will be available for purchase starting October 2020 on the Huawei official website and various retailers in selected markets.

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Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch

For eco-friendly reasons



Three months ago, a spicy rumor made its way across the internet. According to an analyst, Apple will stop shipping upcoming iPhones with a free charger. Naturally, the rumored decision met with a lot of criticism. Now, however, all rumors are gone; Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch.

In the big Time Flies event today, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Though both smartwatches have impressive specs, they will miss one of the most essential accessories for devices: a plug-in charger. Instead of the wired adapter, the device should come with a wireless adapter for wireless charging.

Finally, Apple has confirmed the landmark decision. Announced by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, the accessory’s removal comes as part of Apple’s initiative to reduce the company’s environmental impact. The company has previously announced a plan to go carbon neutral by 2030.

Of course, Apple might have other reasons to remove the charger. According to a previous rumors, 5G hardware has considerably upped Apple’s costs across the board. Removing “non-essential” accessories might reduce Apple’s productions costs and might keep prices relatively around the same range. Curiously, the Apple Watch’s titanium and Hermes models will still ship with power adapters, despite the on-paper environmental reasons.

Also, according to a new rumor, Apple isn’t stopping with the Apple Watch. Tech leaker Mark Gurman has hinted that Apple is also removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12’s box.

Unfortunately, Apple did not announced the much-awaited iPhone 12 during the Time Flies event against previous speculation. The company is still set to release the next iPhone generation sometime in the next quarter. If the trend has truly started, you might not see a free charger next month anymore.

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IKEA, ASUS ROG launching affordable gaming furniture, accessories

We need a sneak peek!





Another thing to add to the things we didn’t expect from this year but, has left us thinking, “huh, sounds about right.” IKEA and ASUS ROG are partnering to create a line of affordable gaming furniture and accessories.

fredde desk from IKEA

The IKEA Product Development Center in Shanghai will be developing all 30 products in this line-up. And, if you’re wondering who’s designing these products, you’re in for a treat. IKEA’s designers stacked up on design concepts and critiques from ROG designers, professional gamers, and gaming enthusiasts to really nail down aesthetic, comfort, and functionality.

ASUS ROG set-up

IKEA is happy to be teaming up with ROG to smoothly marry its home furnishing expertise with ROG’s exceptional gaming technology and design.

There’s a catch though. I won’t lie, I was hoping they’d launch their partnership with tantalizing patent designs. But, we’re left with imagination to fully take its course on this one. Design, concepts, and patents of the “affordable gaming furniture and accessories” haven’t officially been released. For now, the most obvious assumption of items in the line-up would be gaming desks and chairs.

What comes up when you look for gaming desks on IKEA

A quick search on IKEA for gaming desks and chairs show decent products to have on anyone’s set-up so we’re looking forward to designs they’ve mustered up with this partnership. The line-up is launching in China in February of 2021 and will be available in the US and elsewhere by October 2021.

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Huawei MateBook X (2020) + FreeBuds Pro + Watch GT 2 Pro Hands-On

Huawei ecosystem done right



It seems like the pandemic isn’t stopping companies from announcing their newest tech. Today, Huawei announced not just new software features, but also their latest hardware in the annual Huawei Developers’ Conference (HDC).

Whether it’s the newly-updated MateBook X, Pro-rated iterations such as the FreeBuds Pro and the Watch GT 2 Pro.

Head over to our latest hands-on video as we talk about these devices and how Huawei’s seamless ecosystem can make your life meaningful.

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