Honor has introduced another novelty in the category of wireless earbuds to the mobile wearable device market. Today’s hero was named Honor Earbuds 2 Lite.
From this name it is easy to guess that this model is a simplified version of the flagship model of wireless earbuds. To be more precise, I even saw some similarities between the Huawei Freebuds 4i earbud model. Therefore, in this review I will tell you not only about the sound quality of the sound and microphone, but also compare them with the older model from Huawei.
The global version of the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite will set you back for just $62. Considering that the price tag for Huawei Freebuds 4i earbuds will be even higher, namely about $75, then perhaps the new earbuds from Honor will be a good choice for you.
One of the main features I can highlight is the presence of the latest wireless connection Bluetooth 5.2 version. Also, the earbuds have features such as ANC active noise cancellation and an ENC transparency mode. In addition, the device has a built-in proximity sensor for automatic pause.
Compared to the Huawei Freebuds 4i earbud model, the operating time of the new version of Earbuds 2 Lite has also increased. For example, now, on a full battery charge, you can listen to music for up to 10 hours, as the manufacturer assures. I can also highlight such features as protection against moisture under the IPX4 standard and the use of a 10mm dynamic driver.
Okay, from a technical point of view, Honor’s new earbud looks pretty good. But let’s find out its main design features. Therefore, I propose to learn more about the device in a detailed and in-depth review.
Honor Earbuds 2 Lite: Specifications
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Unboxing and packaging
The new model of Honor Earbuds 2 Lite is delivered in a fairly standard package. At the same time, the box itself was made in white from rather thick cardboard. On the front, one could find the presence of a pattern of earbuds and a charging box with the name of the company and model.
For my review, the earbuds came without any damage and I was very happy about that. Meanwhile, inside the box, I found, directly, the charging box itself with earbuds. The package also includes a rather long Type-C charging cable, a set of silicone ear tips and instructions for use with a warranty card.
In general, the equipment seemed to be standard, but made positive emotions on me. So let me move on to the next section and talk about the looks and main design features.
Design, build quality and materials
Currently, the manufacturer Honor only offers one color for the Earbuds 2 Lite and as you may have noticed it is white. I suppose the company will introduce other color options in the future. Since I saw the poster of the earbuds in black performance on the official website of the company.
The earbud housing was made of glossy plastic. As you may know, this is not the best decision on the part of Honor to use glossy plastic. Because after a short time of use, the earbuds have already received small abrasions and micro-scratches. Therefore, I prefer matte plastic as it is more durable.
As for the build quality, I did not find any special complaints during my testing. All components were well matched to each other and I did not identify any extraneous squeaks or sounds. In addition, the device has been equipped with a slight protection against sweat and splashes under the IPX4 standard.
If we consider the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds from the point of view of ease of fit and wearing, then everything is standard here, as on any earbuds with silicone ear tips. For example, the fit in the ear canal was very good, but I was tired after 2 hours of wearing it. In addition, I cannot call the earbuds light, since one earbud weighed about 5.7 grams.
On the outside of the case of the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite device, there is a touch control panel with a microphone hole. There is also an additional hole for the microphone only on the inside of the earbud case. In addition, at the base of the leg, there is one contact for charging earbuds with a magnetic connection. But on the sound guide itself, you can see the proximity sensor.
As I said, the appearance of the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds remained completely similar to the Huawei Freebuds 4i device model. But the design and shape of the charging case has become a little different. Therefore, let’s talk about the appearance of the charging box in more detail. For example, the case was made of the same glossy white plastic as the earbuds themselves. This, for me, is naturally a disadvantage.
At the same time, the assembly did not arouse strong disgust in me, since, although there was a backlash in the lid, it was not particularly significant. On the front, there is a company logo with an LED indicator. At the same time, a Type-C connection was installed on the bottom of the case, but on the right end there is a button for the first pairing or resetting them to factory settings. Well, I figured out the appearance, now I propose to find out the main features and functions of the new model of wireless earbuds.
Connection, delay and control
The latest generation of Bluetooth connection with version 5.2 is responsible for wireless connection in the new model of Honor Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds. Also onboard the device uses AAC and SBC audio codecs.
During my testing, the Honor earbuds connected to my smartphone without any problems. Also, during use, I did not find any drops in the quality of communication, since the signal was always stable even at a distance of 10 meters from the signal source.
The first connection is accompanied by opening the lid of the charging box and after that you need to go to the Bluetooth section on your mobile device for subsequent pairing. In the future, the next connection will be carried out automatically.
Honor also offers to install its proprietary application called AI Life. It is available for download on both Android and iOS operating systems. In the main menu, you can monitor the charge level of each component. There are also noise control, gesture control, and firmware upgrade modes. In general, the application is quite useful, as you can find many interesting features in it.
As for the game mode, the manufacturer Honor talks about its presence in the Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds. But in practice, the value of latency in PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty games was in the range from 280 to 320 ms. This is quite a significant delay, but it is very problematic to notice a third of a second of lagging by ear. So I could play games comfortably. But using earbuds to watch videos on YouTube will not cause you any difficulties at all.
Ok, now let’s talk about touch control and its main functions.
- A double tap will play, pause and also accept or put a phone call down.
- Holding down for 1.5 seconds switches the modes of operation from active noise canceling to transparent mode or to normal music mode.
The touch functionality is very weak, but some of the gesture control functions can be changed through the mobile app.
Sound and microphone quality
Each Honor Earbuds 2 Lite used a 10mm dynamic driver. At the same time, the volume level was sufficient for everyday use.
In terms of sound quality, the earbuds showed themselves on a rather positive side. For example, the detail and clarity of the sound were enough for a pleasant listening experience. This is especially true at high frequencies, where each musical instrument is heard separately and the sound of the vocalist’s voice is bright and mesmerizing.
If we talk about low frequencies, then there was bass, but it was not very dynamic and voluminous. Of course, I can’t call the bass weak either, since it was very expressive. But here it was the sub-bass that was missing, which was located between low and medium frequencies.
In general, the sound in the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds is suitable for listening to instrumental, rock music or even jazz improvisation.
As for the active noise canceling function, I did not find any improvement in its work when compared with the Huawei Freebuds 4i model. If you use earbuds for ground transportation, then noise cancellation will be more or less good. But if used in the subway, then the function will be difficult to cope with.
The same goes for transparency mode. For example, to hear a car horn or an ambulance siren, you will definitely hear. But when talking with people, you will have to pause the music.
Each earbud uses two microphones and their work in a quiet room or place did not cause me any particular problems during a conversation with interlocutors. But in a noisy place, the situation changed in a negative direction, since the interlocutors did not hear me very clearly.
Battery and run time
Compared to the Huawei Freebuds 4i model, the new generation of Honor Earbuds 2 Lite received an increased battery capacity of 55 mAh, and the charging case had a battery with a capacity of 410 mAh.
During my testing, the earbuds lasted for almost 6 hours at maximum volume, but no ANC or ENC functions were used. Activating Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency Mode will reduce operating time by about 1 hour.
Another feature is fast charging of the earbuds in the charging case. That is, for 10 minutes of charge, the earbuds will be able to work from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the modes and volume level.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After a full review of the new model of Honor Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds, I was left with only positive emotions.
For example, from the pros, I can single out this good wireless connection Bluetooth 5.2 version. I also liked the battery life with the fast charge function. The fit was typical, as is the case with most in-ear vacuum design earbuds.
I also liked the good sound and the presence of active noise cancellation functions, transparency mode, and even there is an automatic pause sensor.
But despite its merits, the new Earbuds 2 Lite also has its drawbacks. To them I can attribute this glossy and rather easily soiled body and touch control, which is not very extensive in functionality.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
At the beginning of the review, I already mentioned that the cost of the new model of the Honor Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds is even lower than that of the Huawei Freebuds 4i model. For example, you can currently purchase earbuds from Honor for only $ 62.49 with a 25% discount.
Given its features and functionality, the new Earbuds 2 Lite earbuds are definitely worth their attention, both in terms of sound quality and their cost.