Since Huawei no longer has access to many technologies that are important for smartphones due to the US embargo, the company has increasingly developed into a manufacturer of peripheral devices such as monitors, speakers and headphones. The fourth generation of Bluetooth in-ears is now for sale.
The Freebuds 4, which cost around 120 euros, are made of hard plastic. Huawei does not use silicone attachments to adapt it to the ear in this model. We were still convinced by the comfort of the plastic plug. They sit as light as a feather in the ear and don’t bother you even after hours. However, the loose fit means that the in-ears are not a reliable companion during sports because they easily slip out of the ear. The splash protection according to IPX4 is sufficient for everyday use. Compared to the Freebuds 3, the round charging case has become a bit smaller and lighter while maintaining the same battery capacity and has space in every pocket.
The Freebuds can be linked to a smartphone, tablet or PC in a few seconds. The Huawei AI Life app should be installed to configure the in-ears. This can be found in the Google Play Store despite the US embargo, but in an outdated version that immediately indicates that you should carry out an update when you start it for the first time. Then there are two versions of the app on the smartphone, the older one should be deleted. A plug-in installation and two headphone updates later, we were finally able to get started.
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