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Wire­less ear­buds are all the rage, so it should come as no sur­prise that Huawei has in­tro­duced its own wire­less buds.

The Freebuds look re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to Ap­ple’s Airpods, and even of­fer anal­o­gous ges­ture con­trols and auto-pause. How­ever, un­like the 5 hour bat­tery life of the Airpods, the Freebuds prom­ise up to 10 hours.

The buds of­fer a dou­ble-tap con­trol to ac­ti­vate the voice as­sis­tant, play or pause mu­sic, and to an­swer or end calls.

One of the ma­jor com­plaints with Ap­ple’s Airpods has been that they tend to fall out of some peo­ple’s ears. Huawei has ad­dressed this by adding sil­i­cone tips to the Freebuds and in­clud­ing ad­di­tional tips in a va­ri­ety of sizes in the box. And un­like Airpods, you can get them in white or black.

Freebuds also make use of AAC tech­nol­ogy – ba­si­cally the suc­ces­sor to MP3 – which of­fers vastly im­proved sound qual­ity.

Avail­able in black or white, at se­lected re­tail­ers from Septem­ber. R2 499

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