Huawei hopes to dominate NZ's earbud and headphone markets with latest releases

Huawei's Freebuds Pro
Huawei's Freebuds Pro Photo credit: Huawei

Two new products are coming to New Zealand that demand consideration by people wanting high quality audio devices at low costs.

Huawei is releasing both a new set of earbuds and a new set of over-ear headphones that both come packed with exciting technology.

Huawei's FreeBuds Pro and FreeBuds Studio both offer active noise cancelling (ANC) with world-first intelligent upgrades. There's AI tech in these things that will constantly detect what sound is going on around you and adjust the ANC accordingly.

Huawei's Freebuds Studio
Huawei's Freebuds Studio Photo credit: Huawei

Both products have a dual-antenna system that means a more stable, more powerful connection to whatever you're connecting them to over Bluetooth, with less lag and less chance of interruptions.

The FreeBuds Pro hopes to become the top choice of Kiwis in the increasingly crowded earbud market by offering a range of features including anti wind noise technology. This detects any wind sound around you and eliminates it, not only from what you're hearing but also for anyone you're talking to on the phone.

The ANC tech in these is so advanced that it also offers Voice Mode, so on phone calls it'll identify what is a human voice going both ways and allow that through, but minimise everything else, offering crystal clear conversations.

With up to 40dB noise cancellation depth, these offer more ANC power than other earbuds. This can be turned off simply by pinching the bud's stem to activate Natural Awareness Mode, for when you want to let the sounds around you in.

The FreeBuds Pro have dual microphones inside and outside the earbuds that constantly scan the noise around you and switch between three noise cancellation modes - Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode - to effectively cut out environmental noise.

Whether you're at home, at the gym, walking the street or in a busy train station, these earbuds intelligently cycle through the different ANC modes so you're getting the best.

To improve the sound quality, the FreeBuds Pro comes with a dynamic equaliser system where it constantly changes automatically, depending on what sort of music you're listening to. They also boast a multi-connection feature so you can connect two devices at the same time.

You'll get up to four-and-a-half hours of constant use with ANC on, seven with it off and up to 30 if you have the case handy to recharge on the go.

In terms of design, the FreeBuds Pro will be released in both carbon black and silver frost colours in Aotearoa. Their shape is said to be inspired by a musical note and while everyone's ear is different, they have an ergonomic shape and come with three varying sizes of silicone earplugs.

To help make sure they sound as good and feel as comfortable as possible, Huawei has a smartphone app with Intelligent Compactness Detection that will tell you if you need to use a bigger or smaller earplug.

Huawei has proudly also earned SGS Green Certification for the FreeBuds Pro, meaning they've been sustainably made and you can wear them guilt-free.

Huawe's Freebuds Pro
Huawe's Freebuds Pro Photo credit: Huawei

As for the FreeBuds Studio, these headphones offer a hi-fi listening experience and up to 48kHz wide frequency to give a premium listening experience.

These boast a lot of the same features as the FreeBuds Pro - dual antenna, dual device connection, dynamic ANC modes and touch controls.

But as the name suggests, these over-ear headphones have a level of audio quality that would make sense even in a professional studio.

FreeBuds Studio features a customised diaphragm driver with a four layer, 40mm polymer diaphragm that enables a wider frequency response range and higher sensitivity.

Basically, that all means that your music will sound incredibly good through them, with a pure, spacious sound.

There is a six-mic matrix voice pick-up system that precisely sends voice over phone calls but drastically reduces any other sound.

FreeBuds Studio offers 24 hours of battery life and has a handy fast-charge feature, where just ten minutes of charging will provide eight hours of playback, with ANC disabled.

Huawei's Freebuds Studio
Huawei's Freebuds Studio Photo credit: Huawei

Design-wise, they're minimalist and stylish, with tasteful, stainless steel arms connecting the ear cups to the headband. Those cups are made with protein leather to provide comfort and sound insulation, while their sides are finished with a metallic matte texture.

Anyone looking to upgrade their audio devices soon owes it to themself to check out Huawei's FreeBuds Pro and FreeBuds Studio, available now from PB Tech and coming soon to 2degrees.

This article was created for Huawei New Zealand