Step aside, BeatsX: Samsung introduces U Flex wireless headphones, Bixby button included


Samsung has just announced a new pair of Bluetooth headphones — the Samsung U Flex. They are the tethered earbuds, which have a comfy neck-holder and tons of controls on deck, including a button that activates Bixby.

By all the features listed, it seems the U Flex strive to strike the ultimate balance between portability and sound quality. The neck-hanging cord that connects both earphones is actually flexible (bendable up to 100 degrees), so it can easily fold and get tucked in a pocket or bag. The earphones have magnets that keep them stuck to each other when they are not in use.

As for sound, each earbud holds an 11 mm woofer and an 8 mm tweeter for rich timbres and broad spectrum coverage. Of course, we won't know if they actually sound as good as Samsung says until we get to try them.

Media controls and switches can be found on both ends of the horseshoe-shaped neckband. Those include your volume, play / pause, next, previous, and power buttons on the right-hand side, and the Bixby key on the left-hand one. It is yet unknown if you will be able to reprogram said button to work with Google Assistant (or use it if your phone is not a Samsung).

Samsung also promises steady and uninterrupted connectivity, courtesy of the proprietary Scalable Codec technology — it analyzes frequencies from local devices and works to counteract interference.

Price and availability are still veiled in mystery, but we believe it's safe to assume we might get to see the U Flex headphones at this year's IFA in Berlin, showcased alongside the yet-unannounced Galaxy Note 8.

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source: Samsung

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11 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1794; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Now I'm definitely getting these! Hopefully they corrected the volume issue that plagued the Level U's... I always felt like I was trying to turn those up even when I had them at max volume. Hopefully these have Bluetooth 5.0 on board.

10. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

No BT 5.0 according to Samsungs product page.

11. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

BT 4.2, micro usb, no mention of BT range so I guess its around 10m. LDAC or other Hi-Res solution? Hope they sound great because otherwise these are not really impressive when you look at the specs. Sony SBH80 with a BT 4.2 upgrade?

2. Valinor

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Thats a damn huge cable around the neck.

8. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

How dare you comment in such way, there are no wires, no cables... This is wireless tech, can' t you see?

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A woofer and a tweeter at each earbud. Woah, I'm on board.

4. djsmoove

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Had these headphones for a week, they are have some advantages than the level u pro and level u pro anc. The sound is slightly louder and clearer. This headset is very flexible. The thing I hate about this is the length of the wire its to long. There is a couple things that didnt move over from the level u pro is when clasping the magnetic ear buds it doesn't stop the music. The number one disadvantage is no option to use the UHQ settings with this headset. But overall I give this headset at 7 out of 10.

5. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Free with Note 8 please.

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

That would be damn right awesome.

7. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Don't see these replacing my Jaybird X3s, but of they come free with the Note 8, look like they'll would be great to own if they support Bluetooth multipoint.

9. thawk78

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

BT 4.2, micro usb, no mention of BT range so I guess its around 10m. LDAC or other Hi-Res solution? Hope they sound great becaus otherwise these are not really impressive when you look at the specs.

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