Even though Huawei smartphones come with limitations such as the absence of Google services, a similar condition is absent from this one electronic company released by this Shenzhen-based electronics company. Not only the premium series, Huawei also presents affordable device options. Like the Huawei FreeBuds 4i which was recently launched.
The previous generation FreeBuds 3i gave me a distinct impression. For a TWS earphone that supports ANC in the millionth price range, the quality exceeds my expectations, from audio quality to design quality. Now Huawei has perfected it with a longer battery life, and a sweeter and more comfortable design.
Launched together with the Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Edition, the Huawei FreeBuds 4i certainly has its own charm. Even after only 1-2 days of using it, I can already say that Huawei’s latest TWS is worth buying. And here is the full review.
Even though the build quality is quite good in its class, what I regret from the previous generation is that the size of each earbud is too big. This issue has been fixed by Huawei through FreeBuds 4i, where the earbuds are designed to be more compact, as well as the charging case.
No longer a pill shape, the Huawei FreeBuds 4i charging box is made smaller and oval, with a curved design that is more like FreeBuds 3. As a result, it is easier to carry in a bag or trouser pocket. There are three color options to choose from; Ceramic White, Carbon Black and Honey Red.
Both the surface of the case and the earbuds still use a glossy surface, easy to clean but also easy to imprint fingerprints. While the weight itself is still the same, 5.5 grams per earbud, it’s still comfortable to use for long. In addition to the eartip that is already installed, Huawei provides two extra sizes in the sales package.
IPX4 certification makes it splash or sweat resistant when used for sports. The mechanism for placing the earbuds into the case also uses magnets – unfortunately, after about a week of use, I still had trouble getting the earbuds out of the case. It’s just slippery, so it takes extra effort. The rest is no problem.
The star in this section is the active noise cancellation or ANC feature. Just like in the previous series, Huawei FreeBuds 4i utilizes more than one microphone to detect inner and outer sound, to present two features at once.
In addition to the off mode, there are “noise cancellation” and “awareness” modes that can be activated via touch gestures. The first mode can effectively block outside noise, so you can focus more on working or listening to music in a crowd.
If you are in a crowd such as a busy road, the noise you hear is only thin and can still be tolerated. Meanwhile, in order to stay safe when exercising outside or public transportation, the second mode can be activated so that outside sounds can be heard. Can also be activated when you want to talk without removing the device.
Then what if it is used for Zoom calls or other telephone purposes? The microphone of the Huawei FreeBuds 4i is quite reliable – when I use it in a cafe with moderate background music, the second party doesn’t hear it and my voice is quite clear (although it has to be a little loud).
How To use
Huawei FreeBuds 4i can be connected easily to several devices ranging from Android smartphones, iOS to computers. Entering pairing mode, you only need to hold the button on the right side of the case until the indicator light outside turns white.
Once connected, switching between devices can be done instantly, without the need to disconnect from the currently connected device. In other words, it supports seamless connectivity which is rarely present in its price range. It’s just that, the gesture options are limited to double-tap and touch-and-hold.
When paired with Android or iOS, Huawei provides the AI Life application where you can do software updates, and customize shortcuts even for each earbud. For reliability or smoothness of sound, it is much better than FreeBuds 3i, although sometimes there are glitches when passing through areas of tall buildings.
Oh yes, even though it supports wear detection, this feature is exclusively present when Huawei FreeBuds 4i is paired with a Huawei smartphone running EMUI 10. So that when paired with another device, the song being played cannot automatically stop when the earbuds are removed from the ear.
The sound output from the Huawei FreeBuds 4i. Just like the previous series, this device is designed to be able to deliver a powerful, balanced high, mid and low performance. So that there is no warm or dominant sound of one particular audio variable.
With a 10mm diameter dynamic driver in each earbud, this device is specially designed for pop music with instruments and vocals balanced. At least that’s what is written on the official website, even though in reality it fits a wider range of genres.
Listen to the acoustic version of HiVi! Or Gleen Fredly fits perfectly. And if you want to listen to IDM songs or a kind of Inikah Cinta from Soundwave, surprisingly the bass output is powerful, it doesn’t even break when the bass variable from the equalizer is increased.
Huawei FreeBuds 4i battery
One of the most enhanced features on the Huawei FreeBuds 4i is its battery life. With a 215 mAh battery in the case and 55 mAh in each earbud, the total music playing time is up to 22 hours. If it sounds ordinary, what’s special is the one-use durability of up to 10 hours.
If the duration does not use ANC, yes, if it is activated it drops to a range of 6 – 7 hours. Fully charging this device takes approximately two hours via the USB-C port. Fast charging support is also present on the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, enough to charge about 10 minutes to listen to music for up to 4 hours.