Samsung announces Galaxy Buds Pro, its most premium earbuds yet

 theverge.com  01/14/2021 15:00:00   Chris Welch
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Samsung is announcing the $199.99 Galaxy Buds Pro today, its most premium set of true wireless earbuds yet. They feature an in-ear design similar to the Galaxy Buds Plus but are aesthetically inspired by the Galaxy Buds Live. The Buds Pro arent bean-shaped, but theyve got the same metallic-looking style and a similar charging case. The tweaked design reduces the contact area between your ear and the bud, improving comfort and minimizing any clogged-up feeling, according to Samsung.

More important is that Samsung says they deliver the best audio experience yet of any of the companys earbuds thanks to an 11mm woofer and 6.5mm tweeter. The active noise cancellation should also be much improved since these earbuds now create a full seal with your ear. Samsung has also refined its ambient sound mode, which now lets you amplify surrounding noise by up to 20 decibels. The Galaxy Buds Pro are able to detect when youve started speaking, and they can automatically switch into ambient sound mode and lower music volume when you do. Weve seen this convenient trick on headphones like the Sony 1000XM4, but its still relatively rare in earbuds.

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Samsung says the Galaxy Buds Pro also offer the best microphone performance yet from the earbuds lineup; theyve got three built-in microphones and a voice pickup unit to help you come through clearly on phone and video calls. One of the outer microphones also has a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) rating, further eliminating background noises, the company said in its press release. In addition, Samsung has integrated its new Wind Shield technology into the Galaxy Buds Pro. While a less protrusive shape minimizes the wind contact area, specially designed chamber with mesh filters out wind interference.

The Galaxy Buds Pro offer excellent IPX7 water resistance.
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Some features of the Galaxy Buds Pro seem to take after Apples AirPods Pro: theres 360 audio featuring Dolby Head Tracking technology when watching videos on a Samsung phone or tablet  a clear answer to Apples spatial audio. And the Buds Pro will also switch between Samsung mobile devices automatically.

Battery life is about on par with other premium ANC earbuds: Samsung says you can expect up to five hours of continuous playback with noise canceling enabled (eight if its off), and enough juice in the case for an additional 13 hours (20 hours with ANC off) of listening time. The Galaxy Buds Pro are rated IPX7 for water and sweat resistance, so they should be able to handle even your sweatiest workouts.

The Galaxy Buds Pro will come in black, silver, and purple colors to match the new Galaxy S21 lineup. You can preorder today, and theyll be available from retailers as soon as tomorrow, January 15th.

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