Samsung looks to have an intriguing new pair of Galaxy Buds in the works alongside the arrival of the Galaxy Note 20 series. Here’s all we know about the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.
Samsung first offered true-wireless buds with its Gear IconX line back in 2016. The Galaxy Buds took over from 2019 to coincide with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line and without rewriting the rulebook, the latest iteration currently available – 2020’s Galaxy Buds+ – left us mightily impressed.
Now it seems Samsung is going to be getting a little bit more experimental with the design of its next true wireless offering, dubbed the Galaxy Buds live.
What are the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live?
German tech site, WinFuture.de was informed by sources familiar with the matter about the existence of a second pair of true wireless buds on Samsung’s 2020 roadmap, using the codename ‘Beans’. Based on sketches and renders the site was supplied with, it seems that this name comes with rather literal implications.
These new Buds directly resemble jelly or kidney beans, with a 2.8cm-long angled pill-shaped design that doesn’t encroach into the ear canal (like the current Galaxy Buds) and instead sits against it, more akin to Apple’s AirPods or Huawei’s Freebuds 3.
As for the name, it was initially thought that Samsung would carry the Buds’ distinct codename all the way through to market, however, after a leak spotted by SamMobile within Samsung’s own Galaxy Wearables app included imagery of the bean-shaped earbuds with the file name ‘buds_live’, it’s assumed that this is the final product name. ‘Galaxy BudsX’ has also been bandied around by a number of sources.
Source: Evan Blass
A recent leak from established tipster Evan Blass shows both the Buds and their case in Mystic Bronze, white and black; with the bronze option assumed to match up with one of the new Note 20 colourways.
What features do the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live offer?
Inside, the Buds Live supposedly tote two small drivers with a channel similar to that of a woofer to allow more air to be moved around inside.
South Korean news site Maiel reports that the Buds Live will also boast ANC (active noise cancellation) – a feature many were disappointed didn’t make it into the Galaxy Buds+.
The same report also claims that battery life will top out at 11-hours per charge, although there’s no indication of how many recharges the Buds Live’s battery case will offer on top.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live cost?
That same Korean report also cites a local price tag of ₩170,000, which directly works out to approximately £110/€125/US$140/AU$205.
Such pricing would make them a prime rival to Apple’s AirPods, with the added edge of ANC – although, based on the existing Buds pricing, expect them to clock in a little higher.
When will the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live launch?
It was initially thought that Samsung would introduce the Buds Live amidst the Samsung Galaxy Note 20’s Unpacked event, expected to take place on 5 August. Then there was talk of both the Buds Live and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 making their debut sometime around the end of July, however, original programming has been resumed with a 5 August launch now back on the cards.
The Galaxy Buds Live are also expected to serve as a pre-order bonus for those looking to pick up a member of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 family.
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