Huawei Freebuds SE, the cheapest tws that break the market

When it seemed that everything had already been said in the segment of true wireless headphones," target="_blank" rel="noopener">huawei and it shows us again that there are still more ways of doing things. After surprising us with a design as striking as that of the Huawei Freebuds Lipstick (which, I confess, to this day are still the headphones I use on a day-to-day basis), now it offers us a very economical alternative with a young and fresh air. It’s about the Huawei Freebuds SEwhich have already passed through my hands (and through my ears) and of which I want to tell you my opinions in this review.

Huawei Freebuds SE design

The Huawei Freebuds SE have a true declaration of intent in their design: to offer an economical and adjusted model, both in construction and in usability. They are available in color white and cyan. In this case, as you can see in the images, the unit that we have been able to test is white.

The box has a glitter effect very nice and on the front we have a small leds that it indicates in white if it is in pairing mode, green if the battery is good or red if the battery is running low. In the back we have a USB-C port load. This box has an elongated oval design and fits in the palm of your hand.

huawei freebuds se

As for the headphones themselves, they too have a fairly minimalist design. Are semi in ear, but I have to say that I, who am quite picky about in-ears, have found them quite comfortable. You don’t get that weird feeling that some of us are so sensitive to with in-ears. Also, it comes with three pairs of ear tips (S, M or L) for you to choose the best size for you. They are very comfortable and do not fall off when we use them, for example, to exercise.

In addition, it is worth noting that they have IPX4 resistance, which means that they are resistant to sweat or rain splashes. Don’t submerge them!

If you want to know its size, the dimensions of the headphones are 20.6 x 20 x 38.1 mm with a weight of 5.1 gramswhile the box measures 70 x 35.5 x 27.5mm and its weight is 35.6 grams (without headphones, with them it scales to almost 46 grams).

Sound quality, do they sound good even if they are low cost headphones?

Despite their small size, these headphones incorporate an ultra-responsive polymer diaphragm and a 10mm dynamic driver. Thanks to this, we can find a three-channel balanced audio framework, where we have a good sound texture, sharpness, without distortions and rich in nuances. They are not the best headphones if you want to enjoy ultra-powerful bass, for example, but this is logical if we are looking at a model that is around 50 euros.

huawei freebuds se headphones

offer noise cancellation on callssomething that is achieved with dual microphone beamforming technology. Thanks to this, it allows you to detect what is voice and what is environmental noise in order to block noise and make calls clearer.

I insist: they are not the best headphones in terms of sound quality, but they save the furniture perfectly and if you are not with hyperfine hearing and do not need a studio quality that makes your hair stand on end, you will have more than enough with them.

With gesture control and position recognition

Despite being so cheap, we really like that Huawei has not left the gesture or tap control. It works along the entire headphone stick, so you won’t have to touch just one specific area. We can pause or play music, answer or hang up calls, even skip songs. If you want to customize the touches, you can do it from the Huawei AI Life app.

In addition, it also has a sensor to detect the position. That is, if suddenly your coworker speaks to you and you take off your headset to listen to him, the music will stop immediately. When you put them on, it will resume without you having to do anything else.

Connectivity and battery

And we end with two other important points when analyzing headphones like the Huawei Freebuds SE. In this case, we find a connectivity Bluetooth 5.2, which offer stability, express pairing and a good distance range. On paper, they offer around 10 meters of range, but in practice it is slightly more. In my case, I have been able to move through several rooms calmly without suffering cuts.

As for its battery, as we have already mentioned, it has USB-C port load. The total charging time of the box (410mAh capacity) is approximately 2 hourswhile charging the earphones (37 mAh capacity) in the box delay around 1 hour and a half. And for how much autonomy does this give us? The mean time is 24 hours of music playback or 16 hours of calls with the box and 6 hours of music playback and 4 hours of voice calls with the headphones. Please note that this is calculated with typical usage, it can be increased or decreased depending on situations (eg, not the same as using a maximum volume level, etc.).

Technical characteristics of the Huawei Freebuds SE

Huawei Freebuds SE
headphone dimensions 20.6 x 20 x 38.1mm
Box dimensions 70 x 35.5 x 27.5mm
headphone weight 5.1 grams
box weight 35.6 grams
Color Cyan / White
pads 3 sizes (S, M and L)
gesture control Yes
Endurance IPX4
LED indicator Yes
Guy semi in-ear
Featured Items
  • Ultra-responsive polymer diaphragm
  • 10mm dynamic driver
Noise Cancellation On calls, thanks to dual microphone beamforming technology
  • G-sensor
  • hall effect sensor
  • infrared sensor
App supported Huawei AI Life
connectivity Bluetooth 5.2
Box contents
  • 1 x Huawei Freebuds SE (Earphones + Box)
  • 3 x Pairs of silicone tips (3 sizes)
  • 1 x USB-C Cable
  • manuals

you can find them on amazon and also at Media Markt.

These Huawei Freebuds SE I recommend it if you are looking for wireless headphones with a very affordable price and a good balance of features (gesture control, autonomy, comfortable and beautiful design…). Huawei has managed to find the perfect balance between price and user experience. Nevertheless, I do not recommend them if for you it is very important to have a premium noise cancellation. In that case, you will have to go up a notch and look at other models like the ones Huawei Freebuds Pro 2.

We give you the silver gizaward.


  • Design
  • Comfort
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Good call quality
  • Good quality in music playback
  • quick pairing
  • Noise cancellation on calls
  • good charging time
  • Autonomy is not too generous
  • resistance could be higher
  • You can’t connect two devices simultaneously
Total score

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