Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Buds leak with all-new design, no silicone tips
The new Galaxy Buds look like kidney beans
WinFuture claims Samsung is developing an all-new pair of Galaxy Buds under the internal codename ‘Bean.’ The latter is a direct reference to the chosen design – the earbuds resemble kidney beans – but it probably won’t be used in marketing material.
The renders seen both above and below are based on “actual 3D design data” use to manufacture the new earbuds. Samsung is currently in the Engineering Validation Test phase, however, and the design could still change a little before launch.
These new Galaxy Buds are fundamentally different to the ones on sale at the moment because they don’t stick out from your ear. Instead, Samsung has shaped them to fit comfortably inside the ear without any protrusion.
Another downside to this decision comes in the form of noise isolation. Rubber tips provide a tighter ear canal seal and can therefore block out ambient noise with ease, but this sort of design could struggle to achieve the same.
Of course, Samsung could try to fix this by combining software trickery with the data gathered by microphones.
Don't bet on active noise cancellation just yet
The all-new Galaxy Buds measure in at around 2.8cm and use the model number SM-R180. Samsung appears to have included a total of three microphones for video calls and noise cancellation in addition to two speakers.
One of these speakers is paired with an external canal and acts as a subwoofer to produce low-pitched audio frequencies, something more commonly known as bass. Samsung already introduced some audio improvements on the Galaxy Buds+ but hopefully this new pair will take things further.
Active noise cancellation is becoming an increasingly popular feature in the true wireless earbuds segment. Samsung was largely expected to introduce it on the Galaxy Buds+ but this ultimately never happened.
Other details such as the battery capacity remain a complete mystery at the moment. That is because Samsung hasn’t yet completed testing on the product, but hopefully the information will be made available in the near future.
New Samsung Galaxy Buds announcement timeline
WinFuture says the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Buds will be introduced at some point in the coming months, yet no specific timeline is available at this stage.
Samsung typically unveils new wearables alongside its latest flagship smartphones. For example, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 made its first appearance alongside the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Buds & Buds+ were introduced at the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S20 announcements respectively.