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HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i vs FreeBuds 3: What’s the Differences?

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i vs FreeBuds 3: What’s the Differences?

By  Joe Horner 2020-05-06 3260 1

Today, Huawei FreeBuds 3i is finally available for sale in the UK. Like the Huawei FreeBuds 3, this new Huawei FreeBuds 3i also supports active noise cancellation (ANC), but at a lower price of 90 pounds. So what's the difference between Huawei FreeBuds 3i and Huawei FreeBuds 3? In this post, you’ll find out the answers!

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i vs FreeBuds 3: Specifications Comparison

At first, let’s have a look at the main specification about HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3.

Model HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i
Specs Weight 4.5g (per earbud) 5.5g (per earbud)
Size 60.9x21.8mm
 (charging case)
80.7x35.4x29.2mm
 (charging case)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.1 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery Capacity 30mAh (per earbud) 37mAh (per earbud)
410mAh (charging case) 410mAh (charging case)
Charging Time 1.5 hours 1 hour
Music Time 4 hours 3.5 hours
Standby Time 20 hours
 (with charging case)
14.5 hours
(with charging case)
Driver Unit 14.2mm dynamic 10mm dynamic
Sound Quality ANC/AAC/SBC
Support Protocol HFP/HSP/A2DP/AVRCP
Waterproof IP54
Interface Type-C
Features Pop-up Window Yes
Music Control Yes
Phone Calls Control Yes
Volume Control No
Voice Assistant Yes
Bone Voice Sensor Yes No
Active Noise
Cancellation
Yes
Wearing Detection Yes
Wireless Charging Yes No
Price 179 Eur 109 Eur

 

According to the above comparison table, we almost have a clear understanding of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3. Although these two HUAWEI true wireless Bluetooth earphones are supported ANC function, there are big differences in appearance design and battery.

 

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i vs FreeBuds 3: Different Design

In terms of design, the difference between, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 is very straightforward. Because their charging boxes have different shapes. First of all, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 charging box is relatively flat and round, the whole is very round, and the size is 60.9x60.9x21.8mm. On the other hand, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i charging box adopts a relatively compact elliptical rectangle design with a size of 80.7x35.4x29.2mm, which is close to Honor FlyPods 3.

 

However, both of the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 earbuds are all adopting the ear-in design, and the earplugs are partly shaped in an ergonomic cone to provide better sealing and better noise reduction. But HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i (5.5g) is slightly heavier than HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (4.5g) in terms of headset weight.

 

What’s more, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i in-ear earphones offer an immersive acoustic experience. Pair them with the flexible silicone tips that come in 4 different sizes for a comfortable and secure fit. Better shape, better seal, better sound.

 

The headset has a built-in high-sensitivity diaphragm to provide balanced and realistic audio effects, while the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i 10mm driver unit provides stronger bass performance.

 

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i vs FreeBuds 3: Different Battery

Battery life is one of the decisive factors in deciding whether to buy this Bluetooth headset, and there is a big difference between HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 in terms of battery life.

 

On battery life, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i can use headphones for 3.5 hours at a time, while using a charging box can meet 14.5 hours of music life. On the other hand, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 can enjoy 4 hours of music after it is fully charged and can maintain 20 hours of battery life when used with the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 charging box. The performance of this battery is excellent.

 

More importantly, except for using the traditional USB Type-C charging set, you can simply lay down the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 case on a wireless charging mat for quick wireless charging, or use HUAWEI smartphone for reverse charging, which is pretty convenient. And this wireless charging function is not available on HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i TWS.

 

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i vs FreeBuds 3: Different Connectivity

In terms of Bluetooth connectivity, thanks to the world’s 1st certified BT/BLE dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1 SoC, HUAWEI Isochronous Dual Channel transmission technology and a class-leading 356MHz audio processor, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 delivers a stable, fast Bluetooth connection, as well as an accurate audio and video synchronization. Games are more fun and videos are more immersive.


However, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i only equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Although slightly lower than HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 in Bluetooth technology, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i still has a solid connection to your Android phones or iPhone. You can pair HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i automatically with the pop-up window when the charging case is open, and you are good to go.


 

Conclusion: 

Different designs, different battery life, different Bluetooth technology, create different HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3. Except for these three major differences, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i and HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are basically the same in function. Voice assistant, music control, active noise reduction, wear detection and other functions can make you easy to use. Of course, thanks to the blessing of the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 naturally has its unique charm. So which one do you prefer, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3, or HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i TWS?


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