Huawei FreeBuds 3

Test 02/2020

  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - front
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - app1
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - app2
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - app3
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - app4
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - detail
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  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - earbuds
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - inear
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - ladecase1
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 - ladecase2
Test seal: Huawei FreeBuds 3, Rating 8.4

last modified: 31.03.2020, 11:11

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All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Wearing comfort 30%
Design 10%
Handling 10%
Battery life 10%
Tested by: Lasse



The overall impression of Huawei Freebuds 3 is good. The sound is convincing at medium volume levels but decreases significantly at high and low volumes. The phone quality and Bluetooth stability are excellent. In addition, the Freebuds are comfortable to wear but don't have rubber attachments, which means that a tight fit, depending on the ear size, is not guaranteed.


  • Wearing comfort
  • Small charging case (fits in the trouser pocket)
  • Bluetooth stability
  • Phone quality


  • Sound at high and low volumes
  • ANC hardly noticeable
  • The app is only available for Android

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Comfortable to wear headphones with good sound quality during telephone calls.

Appearance and equipment

I have tested the Huawei Freebuds 3 in black. The "True Wireless" In-Ear headphones come in a sturdy illustrated box and make a good impression.

Included in delivery are:

  • In-Ear headphones
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Charging case
  • Quick guide
  • Security and warranty card

Operating the headphones

The headphones are already preloaded so that you can start right away. To connect the headphones to your mobile phone, for example, simply remove them from the charger to activate pairing mode. Now search for "Freebuds 3" in your Bluetooth settings and connect. Now insert the headphones.

The gesture control is located on the top of the stick where it connects to the headphones.

The headphones are then operated via your smartphone or via the gesture control. By default, tapping twice on the right side fast-forwards a song and on the left side activates/deactivates noise reduction.

The Freebuds 3 have a corresponding app. This app is only available for Android. In this app, you can assign gesture control individually and adjust noise cancelling. Pictures of this can be found in the gallery above. Volume settings are unfortunately not available as gesture control and must therefore always be made on the phone.

Wearing comfort

The headphones sit comfortably and very light in the ear. They are hardly noticeable once you have inserted them. However, there are also no rubber attachments for these headphones, which means that a firm fit, depending on the size of the ear, is not guaranteed.



The sound of the Huawei Freebuds 3 is generally okay. In general, low, mid and high frequencies are balanced. At lower volumes, however, volume and bass are clearly missing. This is sufficient at medium volumes. Here, the mids are also very clear and the trebles are clear. However, the sound quickly becomes unbalanced at higher volumes, with slightly distorted highs and an overall rather tinny sound, in which the bass is no longer appealing, but only loud and exhausting.


Bluetooth stability is very good. At a distance of 10 meters and 4 lightweight walls as a barrier, the connection withstands without problems. Only at 20 meters and a concrete wall in between the signal breaks off. As soon as you get back into the Bluetooth range, the headphones connect automatically and the music starts playing again.

earbuds with case


No matter how you have configured the gesture control, an incoming call is always answered or ended by double-tapping the right headset. The person you are talking to is very easy to understand via the Freebuds 3. He also understands you clearly. Because the Earbuds have an Active Noise Cancelling function, possibly disturbing background noise is reduced and therefore a clear conversation is possible.

Transport box

The transport box also serves as a charging station. The headphones are inserted into the notches, where they are assigned to the left and right and are held securely in the box by a magnet. The lid of the box is also closed by a magnetic mechanism.


The charging box provides the headphones with up to 16 hours more battery life. This corresponds to a 4-fold charging of the headphones.

A micro-USB cable is included in the scope of delivery, with which the box can be recharged. This has a length of 102 cm. An adapter for the cable is not included. Next to the charging socket, there is an LED which indicates the charging status of the box.

Other headphone types

You are not a fan of In Ear headphones and would like to have headphones to put on? Have a look at our Noise Cancelling Headphone Test.
Or rather with cable and suitable for the recording studio or home studio? Then our Studio Headphone Test would be something for you.

We have evaluated a good 120 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 81 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are almost 9 percent of users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 81% positive and 9% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Sound
  • Sitting comfortably
  • Battery life

Negative comments were made on the following points:

  • Sound
  • Ear drops
  • Price/Performance
Manufacturer Huawei
EAN 6901443354764
Quality impression Good
Scope of delivery Headphones, charging case, USB-C charging cable, quick guide, safety and warranty card
Additional warranty 2 years
Quality of instructions Good
Manual language EN, GER, FR, IT, ES and more
Height 4 cm
Width 1.8 cm
Depth 1.8 cm
Weight 57 g
Wireless Yes
Battery life 4 hours, 20 hours with charging case
Particularly suitable for sports Rather not
Firm fit in the ear Mediocre
Bluetooth stability Excellent
Microphone/ Phone call function Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Packaging Stable cardboard box with illustrated cardboard cover
Sound quality
Wearing comfort
Battery life

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Is it possible to connect headphones to a device individually?
Yes, this is possible with both headphones.
Do the Freebuds 3 have a noise-cancelling function?
Yes, a noise-cancelling function is available.


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