It's 2021 already and we have inculcated the habit of sanitising nearly everything by now. We are also disinfecting our gadgets from time to time and I believe this practice is going to continue. LG's self-cleansing Tone Free earbuds, which launched sometime back globally, are now available in India. The charging case of the earbuds comes with ultraviolet light emitters that LG claims can kill 99.9 per cent bacteria on the earbuds while charging them. LG uses its UVNano technology for the Tone Free earbuds that also features active noise cancellation.
The new LG Tone Free earbuds use the Meridian Audio technology for sound, including the digital signal processing to create "realistic soundstage that simulates the experience of listening to real loudspeakers." This feature can be accessed using the LG TONEFREE app on both Android and iOS devices. The app also houses settings for the sound equaliser and various music modes, such as Natural, Bass Boost, and Treble Boost. There are two models: HBS-FN7 and HBS-FN6 wherein the former has the UVNano cleansing technology only.
The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 is the top-tier model that costs Rs 29,990 while the vanilla variant HBS-FN6 is priced at Rs 24,990. These TWS earbuds are more expensive than some premium ones available in the market, such as Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. And because of this pricing, it will be challenging for LG to sell the earbuds even if the UV-based cleansing technology is there as the USP. Both earbuds models are now available to buy from LG online store, and will soon hit the offline market. The earbuds come in Stylish Black and Modern White colours.
The TONE Free earbuds have silicone ear tips, which LG claims, can offer a snug fit to offer passive sound isolation. There is also an Ambient Mode on the earbuds to let the user hear the surrounding sounds by pressing a button. LG's latest truly wireless earbuds also come with an IPX4 rating for protection against water splashes, which means you can wear them when working out or running. Both the models also support Voice Command, a feature that lets users summon the digital voice assistant, such as Siri or Google Assistant, on the paired device. There is gesture control for music playback and call functions.
The HBS-FN7 model comes with a 390mAh battery inside the charging case while each earbud has a 55mAh battery inside. The company claims 21 hours with ANC off and 15 hours with ANC on. The earbuds support Bluetooth v5.1 for pairing with smartphones and other devices. There are three microphones on the earbuds to offer an effective active noise cancellation, which can be controlled using the LG TONEFREE app. "With specialized ANC activated, environmental noises are now almost completely neutralized, making every note and voice sound clearer, more natural, without losing the details from turning up the volume to maximum," LG said in a statement.
The other model HBS-FN6 looks the same as the FN7 but it lacks the UVNano technology for sanitisation. It has Bluetooth v5.0 instead of the higher version for wireless connections. Both the HBS-FN7 and FN6 support SBC and AAC audio formats but support for Qualcomm aptX or LDAC is not available on these earbuds. The AAC format is high-grade and supported by most streaming platforms, such as Apple Music.
"At LG, we have always strived to bring to the market the best quality products with the most advanced and innovative technology and will stay committed to our aim of keeping our customers happy by keeping their needs and safety at the heart of our innovation. To amplify our communication we have roped in leading singer & rapper Badshah as brand ambassador for LG Tone Free, this will certainly help in creating joyful engagement with the youth," said Sanjiv Soni, Business Head of Audio Video division at LG Electronics India.
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