+ Wednesday November 20th, 2019

Huawei’s Mate 20 will launch next month on 16 October in London; that much is already well known. However, when it launches, we’re now to understand that a new version of Huawei Freebuds will launch alongside.

Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro will continue the same design language as the Freebuds launched earlier this year (alongside the Huawei Nova 3i, locally). The updated version will come with a much nicer looking charging case/dock, and will pair with the Mate 20 (or other device) over Bluetooth 5.0.

Perhaps the most interesting feature is the wireless charging. It’s not just enough that the Freebuds 2 Pro will charge wirelessly within their own dock – the existing model already does that, much like Apple’s Airpods charge in their little case.

No, the wireless charging will be for the case itself; it can be charged via USB-C, through Qi wireless charging, and in a remarkable move, from the Mate 20 – wirelessly – too. Wireless charging will be a bit slower, but still, a great option for when you’re on the go.

In addition to this wireless charging party trick – which we think is rather cool – Freebuds 2 Pro will also support Hi-Res Wireless Audio, allowing for bitrates up to 560 Kbps (i.e. better quality than most of your music is likely to be).

Freebuds 2 Pro will use a built-in bone sensor to capture the wearer’s voice by bone conduction, to avoid confusion with other nearby voices. This will allow the buds to integrate better with Google Assistant, a key part of the Mate 20 experience.

With a rumoured price of around $249 at launch, the Freebuds 2 Pro will not be cheap, but with the features they offer, I’d suggest they’ll be a popular accessory for the Mate 20 range.

Source: WinFuture.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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