In-ears with aptX: Ugreen HiTune in the test

With the so-called True Wireless Earbuds (TWS) HiTune, Ugreen supplies in-ear headphones that offer Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and CVC 8.0 (noise reduction). It is also protected against splash water according to IPX5. The HiTune is in Germany Amazon available for just under 40 euros.

Ugreeen HiTune: scope of delivery (Image: ZDNet.de)

Ugreen HiTune: scope of delivery, fit

In addition to the two earphones, the scope of delivery includes three different sized ear tips, a USB-C charging cable and a charging case with USB-C connection. The medium-sized ear tips are pre-assembled. In most cases, the included ear tips should ensure a good fit. In any case, the earphones have proven themselves well in the test when jogging.

Ugreeen HiTune: Bluetooth pairing (Image: ZDNet.de)

Switch on / off and pairing

Before the headphones can be charged in the charging box, you must first remove the insulating film, which is glued over the two charging contacts. As soon as they are charged and you take them out of the box for the first time, the earphones switch on and activate the pairing mode. In the test, there were no problems with various smartphones. If the smartphone supports aptX, the higher quality Qualcomm codec is used for the transmission. AppleHowever, smartphones only support AAC at most, so this codec is used in this case. The SBC codec is also available, but should not be used due to its lower bandwidth compared to aptX.

If you put the earphones back in the box, they are automatically switched off. When you remove it again, it will automatically connect to the last connected device. A connection to another smartphone is only successful if the pairing of the device previously used is removed.

Battery life

The earphones are each equipped with a 60 mAh battery. Ugreen specifies the playback time at 50 percent volume as 7.5 hours when using the aptX codec. It’s 10 hours with AAC and 11 hours with ABC. In the test, the earphones lasted almost 6 hours at maximum volume and when using the aptX codec. The charging box allows the earphones to be charged twice and also offers a quick charging mode: 15 minutes of charging ensure a maximum playback time of 2 hours.

Ugreeen HiTune: Features (Image: ZDNet.de)

Touch operation

Both earphones offer touch controls, but these are pause / play, switch songs, answer / hang up / reject the call and activate the digital assistant (Google, Siri) limited. However, volume control is only possible via the playback device.

Ugreen HiTune: touch control (Image: Ugreen)

Ugreen HiTune: sound

As far as sound is concerned, the HiTune scores especially in the high and mid range. These ensure clear reproduction with a good stage image. However, you should not turn it up all the way, because then the sound quality suffers considerably. The lack of bass is particularly noticeable here.

When used as a headset for making calls, the HiTune are also well suited thanks to a mono mode, in which only one earphone is used. Thanks to the support of Qualcomm CVC 8.0 technology, ambient noise is well suppressed so that phone calls can be made with good sound quality.

Ugreen HiTune: conclusion

With the HiTune, Ugreen offers a TWS headphone for just under 40 euros, which delivers a sound pattern that is common in this price range. The sound quality of the HiTune naturally does not match the outstanding sound properties of a significantly more expensive model such as the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro. However, they are well suited for making calls.

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