The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are stated to be the most recent true wi-fi earbuds from the South Korean tech large, and if the rumors are to be believed, they’ll be the corporate’s finest buds but.
Leaks and rumors have been circulating in current weeks, and they’re anticipated to be introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21, which is rumored to be launched on January 14, 2021.
An imminent release date appears much more possible now that the earbuds have appeared on Samsung’s personal Canadian web site, too.
We’ve additionally heard rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro will include lively noise cancellation and assist for Dolby Atmos – making them an alternative choice to the Apple AirPods Pro for Android customers.
The buds are additionally stated to return with AKG-tune audio, an extended battery life than their predecessors, assist for Bluetooth 5.1, and USB-C charging. Those specs actually sound promising, however Samsung’s combined historical past with regards to audio gadgets means we’re tempering our expectations; the Galaxy Buds Plus, for instance, had been let down by restricted audio codec assist and a disappointing IPX2 water-resistance ranking.
Can Samsung redeem itself with these new wi-fi earbuds? While Samsung remains to be but to formally verify the existence of the Galaxy Buds Pro, we’ve taken a take a look at all of the leaks and rumors to this point to provide you an summary of what you possibly can anticipate from the upcoming earbuds.
Cut to the chase
- What are they? The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, a pair of true wi-fi earbuds
- When will they be launched? They’re anticipated to launch on January 14, 2021
- How a lot will they price? They’re rumored to price $199 (about £110 / AU$260)
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro release date
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro will launch alongside the Galaxy S21 smartphone, based on SamMobile, which is predicted to be introduced on January 14, 2021.
Samsung all the time unveils its new Galaxy S fashions early within the 12 months, and in recent times it has been asserting them in February, then promoting them from March, so we had been anticipating the identical with the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary.
But it is trying very possible that the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary will truly land in January, with an official Samsung retailer in India even saying the telephones shall be introduced on January 14.
It would make sense that the Galaxy Buds Pro can be launched on this date, too – in spite of everything, the Galaxy Buds Plus had been introduced alongside the Galaxy S20 on the Samsung Unpacked 2020 occasion in February.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro value
According to XDA Developers, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro will set you again $199, which works out at roughly £110 / AU$260.
Though that is nonetheless to be confirmed, it is sensible that they’d price somewhat greater than their predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, which price $169.99 / £179 / AU£319 at launch.
It additionally is sensible that Samsung would attempt to undercut the Apple AirPods Pro ($249 / £249 / AU$399), as its buds are sometimes somewhat cheaper than its greatest rival.
Saying that, respected leaker Evan Blass has stated that we will “expect the Galaxy Buds Pro to be sold alongside the (likely price-reduced) previous models,” and that the brand new buds would be the successors to the Galaxy Buds Plus. So, it’s attainable that they’ll price about the identical because the Buds Plus did at launch ($149.99 / £159 / AU$299), with the older buds getting a reduction.
In any case, we reckon the Galaxy Buds Pro shall be priced between $150 – $200 / £150 – £200 / AU$300 – AU$350; in fact, Samsung remains to be but to verify the existence of the brand new earbuds, so we must wait till January to seek out out for certain.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro design
Thanks to a sequence of leaked renders and movies, we all know a good quantity in regards to the design of the rumored Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
A 360-degree video of the brand new buds was posted to Voice by respected leaker Evan Blass (who gave us our first take a look at the Galaxy Buds Pro through some leaked renders), letting us see the buds from each angle:
Based on the video and beforehand leaked renders, the Galaxy Buds Pro will look extra just like the Galaxy Buds Plus, somewhat than the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live that launched just a few months in the past.
Saying that, Samsung has retained the square-ish charging case from its earlier wi-fi earbuds, in addition to getting rid of ear fins to carry them in place in your ears.
Large grilles on the outer housings of the earbuds seem to comprise exterior microphones, which alongside silicone eartips, lend credence to the rumors that the Galaxy Buds Pro will include lively noise cancellation.
Overall, they appear somewhat glossy with shiny rounded housings, and we’ve to this point seen the Galaxy Buds Pro in three completely different colours: black, silver, and a somewhat enticing violet shade.
According to tipster Ishan Argawal (through 91Mobiles), the rumored wi-fi earbuds will boast an IPX7 water-resistance ranking, which implies they need to survive a brief immersion in water – however extra importantly, it means they need to be appropriate for figuring out, simply capable of face up to sweat or rain.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro options
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are stated to return with AKG-tuned audio, an extended battery life than their predecessors, assist for Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C charging, and lively noise cancellation.
While the earlier Galaxy Buds Live did supply noise cancellation, their semi-open design meant that the tech wasn’t significantly efficient. It seems to be just like the Galaxy Buds Pro include silicone ear ideas, which ought to present a much better seal and hopefully, higher noise cancellation. According to SamMobile, the Ambient Mode function may also be improved, which permits environmental noise to passthrough the buds, so you possibly can pay attention to your environment.
The inclusion of lively noise cancellation may make the Galaxy Buds Pro actual competitors for the AirPods Pro – and rumors of a 3D audio function to rival Apple’s Spatial Audio will solely warmth up that rivalry.
The function was found amongst a listing of specs, which was first noticed by a Reddit consumer in a pre-release APK and then reported by XDA Developers.
With spatial audio assist, you can watch Dolby Atmos movies with their full immersive encompass sound high quality – making the Galaxy Buds Pro a way more aggressive pair of earbuds in comparison with their predecessors.
That 3D audio function is alleged to return with head-tracking, which implies the audio ought to keep ‘locked’ to your cellphone, at the same time as you progress your head round. Apple’s Spatial Audio function works in the same approach, utilizing gyroscopes and accelerometers constructed into the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max to make sure that your movie’s audio all the time sounds as if it is coming from the supply of the motion onscreen.
That being stated, beforehand you can allow Dolby Atmos audio via a Samsung Galaxy cellphone’s settings up to now to enhance sound high quality, however that is the primary time we’ll see spatial audio assist with head monitoring.
The solely different caveat right here is that, from the seems to be of issues, you’ll have to have a cellphone that helps Android 11 to get the spatial audio assist, which guidelines out some older gadgets from seeing the function.
Other options noticed throughout the APK embrace voice/dialog detection, a Bixby voice wake-up sensor, and left/proper listening to adjustment along with new methods to manage the lively noise-cancellation ranges.
As for the audio specs? According to Argawal, the Galaxy Buds Pro will include 11mm bass drivers and 6.5mm tweeters with coaxial twin audio system, so they need to be capable of ship highly effective low frequencies.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: what we wish to see
Samsung has launched a lot of wi-fi earbuds over the previous few years, with various ranges of success – the corporate actually hasn’t achieved the recognition of the Apple AirPods, although every mannequin has improved upon the final.
With that in thoughts, there are some things we’d wish to see from the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro – issues that we expect are essential if the corporate needs to blow its opponents out the water.
Improved noise cancellation
The first Samsung wi-fi earbuds to return with noise cancellation had been the Galaxy Buds Live – nevertheless, their semi-open design meant that they weren’t significantly efficient at blocking out environmental noise.
Hopefully the inclusion of silicone eartips will go some solution to bettering the noise cancellation with the Galaxy Buds Pro. That stated, the expertise is bettering on a regular basis, and Samsung might want to do greater than offering an awesome seal to compete with its rivals.
For instance, the power to regulate the extent of noise cancellation through an app would give customers the pliability to determine simply how a lot of their environment they wish to hear. We’d additionally wish to see adaptive noise cancellation, which adjusts mechanically to fit your environment.
Finally, we’d wish to see an honest transparency mode as with the AirPods Pro, which might allow you to faucet into your environment when wanted.
Longer battery life
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus supplied an extended battery life contained throughout the buds themselves (11 hours), however had been let down by the charging case, which supplied an additional 11 hours.
That 11-hour battery life is fairly lengthy for earbuds – however for the charging case, it’s not an enormous quantity of battery. For comparability, the Apple AirPods comprise 5 hours within the buds themselves, with a further 20 supplied by the charging case, for 25 hours in whole. It’s good to see the Buds Plus with a bigger inside battery, however a disgrace the charging case did not get one thing extra substantial.
We’d wish to see Samsung bump that battery life as much as a mixed 25 hours on the very least – although as fashions just like the Lypertek Tevi have confirmed, far longer-lasting buds are attainable.
Better water resistance
Neither the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live nor the Galaxy Buds Plus had complete water resistance, which is an actual disgrace if you wish to exercise along with your wi-fi earbuds.
We’d wish to see Samsung give the Galaxy Buds Pro a water resistance ranking of no less than IPX4, to allow them to face up to somewhat sweat or rain with out the chance of breaking – and primarily based on the rumored specs, it seems to be like this want may develop into a actuality.