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The Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung’s “most intelligent” noise canceling true wireless device and answer to the AirPods Pro


The Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung’s “most intelligent” noise canceling true wireless device and answer to the AirPods Pro

Samsung today also announced its competitor to Apple’s AirPods Pro: the Galaxy Buds Pro (how original!). Samsung promises the headphones are an improvement over the Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds Live in every respect, offering better sound and microphone quality, as well as “the most intelligent” active noise canceling (ANC) on any true wireless earbuds.

Bold claims, given the myriad earbuds launching every week. Still, Samsung says the headphones can “reduce background noise by up to 99%,” although a footnote in the press release clarifies that number applies to the very specific frequency of 118.43 Hz. Meanwhile, an ambient sound mode can boost the sound around you by up to 20 decibels.

More interesting is that the headphones can automatically switch noise canceling levels depending on what you’re doing. They can detect when you’re speaking, for example — something we saw with Sony’s WH-1000XM4 — automatically adjusting noise canceling and music levels.

I’ve had mixed success with this type of feature, so I’m curious to see if it’s worth it in Samsung’s implementation. Meanwhile, a new microphone setup better reduces wind noise when using the headphones outdoors.

Samsung also says it’s implemented an auto-switch feature that allows the earbuds to intelligently switch between two devices without having to fiddle with Bluetooth settings.  Battery life is rated at 8 hours per charge with 20 extra hours in the case, albeit only 5 and 13 hours, respectively, when using ANC.

In terms of sound quality, the Buds Pro sport 11 mm woofers and 6.5 mm tweeters. Samsung has also added spatial audio via Dolby Atmos with head tracking, allowing the headphones to have a more immersive sound that more closely replicates a speaker system. Unfortunately, it’s limited to Samsung devices running One UI 3.1 or higher., so you won’t get the same level of immersive sound if you own another type of phone.

The Galaxy Buds Pro are available starting today for $200.

Galaxy Buds Pro Specifications

Galaxy Buds Pro
ColorPhantom Violet, Phantom Black, Phantom Silver
Dimension & WeightEarbud: 19.5 x 20.5 x 20.8 mm, 6.3g
Charging Case: 50 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm, 44.9g
Speaker2-way (11mm woofer + 6.5mm tweeter)
Microphone3 mics (2 outer + 1 inner) + Voice Pickup Unit + Wind Shield
ANC & Ambient SoundANC: Cutting external background noise by up to 99%, 2 adjustable levels
Ambient Sound: Amplifying up to +20dB, 4 adjustable levels
Voice Detect
Battery Capacity[6]Earbuds: 61 mAh
Charging Case: 472 mAh
Play Time[6]5 hours / Total 18 hours (ANC on)
8 hours / Total 28 hours (ANC off)
Talk Time[6]4 hours / Total 14.5h (ANC on)
5 hours / Total 17.5h (ANC off)
Charging1-hour play time / 5-minute quick charging[7]
Qi-certified wireless charging
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0®
Codec: Scalable (Samsung proprietary), AAC, SBC
SensorAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Hall, Touch, Voice Pickup Unit(VPU)
Compatibility[12]Android 7.0 or higher with more than 1.5GB of RAM
Water ResistanceIPX7[8]

Asuquo Eton founded, now one of the most visited TV, music, tech and features website, in 2011. He is also a social media analyst, media and entertainment consultant.

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