Samsung Buds could launch early next year as rivals to Apple's AirPods

Samsung Buds could launch early next year as rivals to Apple's AirPods
Samsung Gear Icon X (2018)

Apple has its AirPods, Google has the Pixel Buds, and Huawei will soon have the FreeBuds 2 Pro. But from the looks of things, these companies may soon face some extra competition in the form of Samsung.

The South Korean giant already offers the Gear Icon X (2018) but these were launched over a year ago in August of 2017 and failed to capture the attention of consumers despite positive reviews. As revealed by a new trademark, though, it seems Samsung has a successor in the works under the new name of “Samsung Buds.” At this point in time, this is still all guesswork as Samsung is yet to announce anything official. However, the rebranding does fall in line with Samsung’s recent moves. After all, last month it scrapped the Gear S name entirely and replaced it with Galaxy Watch. Separately, it’s worth pointing out that the move coincides with previous reports which claimed Samsung would slowly phase out the Gear branding entirely over the course of the next year or so – the Gear VR headset is set to be renamed Galaxy VR when the next iteration arrives.

Ultimately, it’s unclear what kind of upgrade the new Samsung Buds will represent – they could either be an iterative update or they could potentially represent a drastic change. Following the rather positive reception of last year’s earbuds, though, Samsung is expected to produce a rather impressive offering.

Presently, it’s unclear when the Samsung Buds will go official, but considering the timing of the trademark, a debut sometime in early 2019 is likely, possibly alongside the upcoming Galaxy S10 trio in February.



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Really enjoy my icons. They're really great on motorcycle trips

2. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Yeah, me too. Initially I thought I wouldn't like truly wireless buds,but they grew on me and I definitely don't leave the house without them. The pass through ambient sound function is incredible...airpods aren't nearly as functional. Oh yeah and the first pair of iem that I've ever owned that receives software updates lol

5. Mrmark

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Same here ... I just hope they never get rid of 3.5 mm headphone jack

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Ugly and trying to compete with AirPods.

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1704; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

they look way better than airpods. people who wear airpods look dorks on the street with a cup up earpod dangling in their ears.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep, they look stupid. If Samsung or any other company had come out with them first all the apple fans would be saying how dumb they look.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol air pods won't work on a motorcycle. That crap would fly right off your ears

8. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

More and more of these truly wireless buds are coming out. Plantronics have some sweat proof ones I like. Good for running.

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