Huawei FreeLace: earbuds for a jackless generation

Huawei FreeLace wireless earphones
Huawei FreeLace wireless earphones are now available in SA. Image supplied by Huawei

Easy pairing, fast charging, long battery life touted as benefits of new wireless earphones

With several of Huawei’s recent flagship phones following the trend started by Apple with its iPhone 7 and dispensing with the 3.5mm headphone jack, a good quality pair of wireless earphones for these devices is essential for anyone wanting to get the most out of their impressive audio capabilities.

The China-based tech multinational believes its FreeLace earphones, now available in South Africa, fit that bill.

“Huawei FreeLace addresses many of the issues that consumers have with wireless earphones, such as complicated first-time Bluetooth pairing, poor sound quality and insufficient battery life,” the company said in a statement released on Tuesday, 6 June 2019.

It says pairing the FreeLace with a Huawei smartphone is easy and intuitive. Separating the right earbud and its cable from the volume buttons reveals a USB Type-C connector, which can be inserted into the USB Type-C port of any Huawei smartphone running the company’s EMUI 9.1 for quick and easy Bluetooth pairing via Huawei HiPair.

Huawei says this proprietary technology eliminates the often time-consuming and hit-and-miss process of pairing Bluetooth peripherals with smartphones.

Speedy charging

The earphones can also be plugged into the USB Type-C port of any smartphone, tablet or PC for quick charging—a short five-minute charge gives the earphones up to four hours of playback time. A complete charge gives up to 18 hours of playback or 13 hours of talk time.

Huawei also claims that the FreeLace boasts better sound quality than many similarly priced earphones.

“Inside each of the speakers is a large and dynamic driver unit with a diameter of 9.2mm. Comprising an ultra-thin TPU diaphragm and titanium plating, the drivers deliver a punchy bass and smooth treble. The microphone module incorporates a dual-cavity design which, unlike the microphones in traditional earphones, features an additional channel for air ventilation, greatly reducing the effect of wind on voice pick-up.”

Build quality is also being touted as top notch, with the device made of “memory metal wrapped in liquid silicone, which gives these wireless earphones a stylish look, yet also makes them extremely comfortable to wear.”

In-line controls support not only volume adjustments, but also additional inputs such as a two-second press that activates the voice assistant, and a double-tap that skips the current music.

The FreeLace comes in two colours, “Graphite Black” and “Amber Sunrise” and has a recommended retail price of R2,499. –