Huawei Freebuds Lipstick: lipstick for the ears

Huawei announced the Huawei Freebuds Lipstick, its new true wireless headphones with ANC, for Europe on Wednesday, November 17th. The Freebuds Lipstick take over the open-fit design of the Freebuds 4, but with a charging case inspired by lipstick sleeves. The Freebuds Lipstick has an elegant design, but also a lot of functions and cost 229.99 euros.

  • The Huawei Freebuds Lipstick can be purchased in Europe from this Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
  • the Freebuds Lipstick price is 229.99 euros in the manufacturer’s official shop.
  • there is ANC, an automatic equalizer and a 4-hour automatic per headphone.

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The Huawei Freebuds Lipstick presented in October alongside the Huawei Nova 9 and Nova 8i can be bought in Europe from today and the manufacturer is offering three packages for the same price of 229.99 euros. One package only contains the headphones, another a Huawei Scale 3, and the last one a Huawei Band 6 as a gift.

The offer does not appear on the German Huawei website yet, but orders can already be made in France:

Elegant, fragrant design

That is of course the main selling point for this product: The design of the Freebuds Lipstick is appealing. The headphones themselves look like two drops of water, like the Freebuds 4i that I was able to test a few months ago. They come in an open-fit format like the Airpods 3 and with a scarlet color scheme with a smooth, glossy coating.

The Huawei Freebuds Lipstick is all red and looks like lipstick sticking out of its sleeve. I say sleeve, but this word actually seems too coarse to me, since we are talking about a fashion accessory, not to say luxury. Huawei says: “The case is corrosion and wear-resistant. It is designed in a complex process in no less than 30 steps and sublimated by polishing to obtain a surface that is as smooth as a mirror.”

This reminds me that when I tested the Huawei Freebuds 4i at the time, I noticed a certain scent of red fruits or citrus fruits.

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I don’t wear makeup or a handbag, but I think this design is very elegant. / © Huawei

True wireless headphones with ANC are fully functional

The Huawei Freebuds Lipstick don’t just rely on their luxurious and admittedly somewhat elitist looks. Instead, they offer the full range of functions one can expect from a pair of headphones for over 200 euros.

For example, they’re equipped with Active Noise Cancellation, which Huawei calls “2.0”, which uses a dual microphone to isolate ambient noise. Huawei has tried this several times in the past, always with moderate success at best, but ANC and the open-fit and thus non-intra format of the Freebuds don’t really go together well.

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I have some doubts about the effectiveness of ANC on an open-fit form factor. / © NextPit.

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The Huawei Freebuds Lipstick also offer an automatic equalizer function called AEM EQ, which adjusts the music in three equalizer modes to the pressure measured in the ear canal (similar to Apple’s Adaptive EQ, at least on paper). Active noise cancellation is also adaptive.

The battery life of the HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick is up to 4 hours with active noise suppression switched off and up to 22 hours with the charging case. That’s really very little in my opinion, especially at this price.

The manufacturer was rather stingy with information about the specs, but I will update the data sheet if possible. What do you think of the Huawei Freebuds Lipstick until then? Do you find the design original? Is the price of 230 euros justified?

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