Samsung on Tuesday announced its latest pair of true wireless headphones, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. The bean-shaped headphones, which have sparked a stir in technology circles since last month, will be available from Thursday and will cost $ 169.99. They will be available in black, bronze and white.
Galaxy Buds Live are designed to fit completely in your ear; there is no outwardly protruding “stem”, but there are small, flat tips on each earpiece to keep them securely in place. Samsung says it will include two sizes of these “wings” in the box.
In terms of features, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Buds Live with active noise cancellation, which competes with other true wireless pairs such as Apple’s AirPods Pro and Sony’s WF-1000XM3. However, Samsung deals with this a little differently. Because the flattened design of the Galaxy Buds Live naturally makes more ambient noise than tighter-closed headphones with ears like Apple’s or Sony’s, Samsung wants the ANC to focus on low-end muffling – cockpit, powerful washing machine and etc. so on – while still missing noises with higher steps.
Headphones like AirPods Pro often use software for the latter with a special “transparency” mode; here Samsung wants Galaxy Buds Live to allow you to have quick calls and hear your surroundings without removing or correcting the rumors in the first place. You’re likely to hear outside noise while listening to audio with the Galaxy Buds Live as a result, but Samsung is selling another pair of completely wireless headphones in the Galaxy Buds Plus for $ 150 for those who prefer a tighter in-ear seal.
Samsung rates the Galaxy Buds Live with a relatively standard 6 to 8 hours of battery life, depending on how often you use active noise cancellation and hands-free voice controls operated by Bixby’s voice assistant. It says that you will get an additional 15 hours through the included charging case and that five minutes of charging will restore an hour of battery life. There are no physical play buttons here, so you’re reliable for touch and voice controls instead.
We haven’t tested the headphones, so it’s too early to say how well they’re doing, but Samsung says they use larger 12mm drivers than those found in the Galaxy Buds Plus, as well as three built-in microphones for call quality. The whole thing connects via Bluetooth 5. The scaled-down design can fit well for training, but Samsung says the earbuds only have a degree of water resistance IPX2, which is at the bottom of the IP scale. Nevertheless, the special design and noise cancellation should turn Galaxy Buds Live into nothing, if not unique, in the increasingly crowded wireless headphone market.
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