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That Apple wireless AirPod charging case is delayed, so Huawei is making one instead

Published Sep 19th, 2018 8:00PM EDT
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Image: Roland Quandt/WinFuture

One of the minor new products that we were expecting to see at Apple’s fall iPhone event last week was a new wireless charging case for Apple’s signature AirPods. Given that Apple is favoring wireless charging on all its new mobile accessories, a wireless charging case for the AirPods — that is, a case that can be recharged wirelessly — seems like a very logical product.

Unfortunately, wireless charging is a sore spot for Apple right now. The AirPower wireless charger, which it unveiled last fall alongside the iPhone X, is still nowhere to be seen, and the company has been scrubbing references to it from its website. Basically, if you want a new wireless charging thing right now, you’re going to need to go somewhere other than Apple — and Huawei wants to be that somewhere.

Roland Quandt, a mobile device leaker with a strong track record, shared images of two upcoming Huawei products on Twitter earlier today:

In more images, he shows off the Freebuds 2 Pro, which look like a nearly perfect AirPods knockoff. According to Quandt, the Freebuds have three hours of listening, extended to 20 hours with charges from the case, just like the AirPods.

Unlike the AirPods, however, it seems that the Freebuds 2 Pro case has Qi wireless charging built in, as demonstrated in the image. More…usefully, the case can also be charged wirelessly from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone, if you desperately need more juice while on the go. The case can also charge via USB-C if you prefer.

A few more images of the Mate 20 Pro also leaked out, which show a design that can best be described as “Samsung Note 9 but with a notch.” Huawei is holding a launch event on October 16th, so we’ll get a full look at the new devices then.