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Samsung might launch new wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S8

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Samsung might launch new wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S8
Samsung and Apple are battling it out when it comes to truly wireless audio on the go, but both the Samsung Gear IconX and the Apple AirPods have had their fair share of trouble. The IconX received less than favorable reviews from users and critics alike, while the AirPods faced multiple delays before they made it to users.

According to information from SamMobile, Samsung might be looking for another shot at the truly wireless earbuds, though. The tip claims that the South Korean giant will be releasing new in-ear headphones, with no wires whatsoever, with the launch of its next top-of-the-line smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Some rumors suggest that Samsung might be ditching the 3.5 mm port on their next flagship, similar to what Apple has done with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and if this proves to be true, offering better wireless earbuds might be the way to go. Considering the controversy this move created for Apple, though, we can't know for certain what impact it would have on the Galaxy S8 and the company's reputation.

It's important to note that Samsung is allegedly experimenting with different Galaxy S8 prototypes, so the lack of a 3.5 mm port, paired with truly wireless earbuds, could be just another concept the company is looking into. And until official confirmation arrives, we can only wait and see.

via SamMobile

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posted on 29 Dec 2016, 08:08 7

1. Rydsmith (unregistered)


I'm sure somehow Android fanboys here will justify these earbuds while still lambasting the AirPods.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:31 12

10. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14054; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No wireless headphone sneed to be justified.

The Icon x does have more features, it only has terrible battery-life. But the pros are far better pros vs Apple's pro.

Apple only true pro with these is battery-life. IMO>

Foe me that si the Icon X only fault.

The Icon X doesn't require using a phone. They are as splash proof as any other wireless headset, they have their own storage which allows you to use them without a phone, it has workout tracking which you can sync and see once you are with your phone later, sound quality is better overall, but not as loud as the AirPod. Cold be good or bad depending on where you are.

in-doors or out jogging isn't an issue with the Icon X's. But the ambient sound is to low for workout where speed is involved. But I can say, when I ride with them, I can't hear any traffic noise whatsoever. Just wind!

Cost? They all cost to much. The Icon X features to me don't justify their cost, but neither do the AirPod's.

All wireless earbuds are way overpiced.

However, beat wireless headphones with the earhooks sound way better for $150-179. BOSE @ $149 sound better too. I've found ones for 49.99 that sound better too.

The question is, are you justifying Apple cost over anyone else? Because they all have pros and cons, but apple's actually to me have far more cons to get a PA "9" rating vs the 6.5 they gave to the Icon X.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:52 6

13. Rydsmith (unregistered)


That didn't take long.

The Icon X was lucky to get a 6.5, the battery life is atrocious.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 10:18 3

19. Unordinary (unregistered)


I don't understand these clowns logic - Note 7 best phone of the year! Icon X best ear buds!

News Flash: something can't be the best if it can barely be used lol

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:31 4

21. sissy246 (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I don't see were he said the are the best.
He just said they do more then apples earbuds.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 16:13

35. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2927; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You're pretty much the same as them, except you're worshipping Apple instead of [insert Android oem here]

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 00:46

40. drunkenjay (Posts: 1062; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


won't say it's the best but it is pretty good.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 10:13 1

18. Unordinary (unregistered)


Read comment number one. Lmfao

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 10:11 2

16. tedkord (Posts: 13785; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No use for either.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:29 2

20. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I honestly don't know, remember Galaxy S6? no SD card and water proofing, sales were bad enough and people complained enough that Samsung fixed it with S7, consumers can affect the companies, by voting with wallet, if Samsung removes headphone jack I think we will have another S6 ish phone. Sure some will buy it, but not many.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:32

22. Klinton (Posts: 770; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Normal ppl will NEVER justify removing the audio jack. We are not like you iboy.

BTW using iFan created site like SamMobile as a source, doesn't convince.
Making next version of their BT headphones, doesn't mean ditching audio jack.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 08:10 7

2. ctdog4748 (Posts: 797; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


When Apple sneezes, Samsung catches a cold.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 08:22 13

3. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3359; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They aren't launching new wireless earbuds because of the Apple Air Pods, I'm pretty sure it is to correct the fail that is the Gear IconX.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 08:51

6. cmdacos (Posts: 553; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Don't know that they are a failure but Samsung didn't do a great job of marketing these as a fitness accessory vs pure headphones. If they take out the fitness tracker elements battery life would improve significantly and allow these to perform well as basic earpods. Hoping we see some Harmon speaker tech in there too.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:42 4

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14054; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well that is true an false.

The fitness tracker doesn't eat up battery-life because its not on by default.

What does drive down the battery life is, the noise cancellation and the fact you have to turn them all the way up to hear if you're outside.

You need to use the biggest rubber cap to insure, they plug your ears, so you wont have to turn them up so high to begin with.

I've gotten 3.5hrs. They have fallen, but it took me falling for them to fall. Apple's just fall as soon as I lean my head to the side and the wind would literally blow them out my ears traveling at 30 mph on my bike. And no, I won't go back and pick it up if it falls. So I'm not buying them.

The one time I dropped my Icon X after falling, it took me 30 mins to find them. But the grey was the only color option and then falling in the grass in a forest preserve isn't a good idea. So we need color options.

The ICon X can be used without a phone. Apple's cannot. That is a huge plus!

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:37 3

11. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14054; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Who said the Icon X are a failure.

What would be cool is, if they did drop the headphone jack, that they include wireless headphones in the box, that sound better than Apple's option and don't cost $199 and have improved battery-life at no extra cost or the cost included with the phone vs Apple selling you them at a much higher rate,.

Example, the Galaxy S right now is $650 to start. let's say, Samsung increases the cost $50 to cover the wireless headphone. if they have the same noise cancellation, and fit of the Icon, with full touch controls, but leave off the fitness tracking stuff, then they will be perfect. They will have better battery-life and they will be worth that extra $50 of cost. And they will sound better than Apple's option, because all of Samsung headphone wired or not, sound better than Apple's option wired or not.

Even Samsung cheesy garbage inbox headphone sound better than Apple's cheesy inbox garbage headphone. NOTICE I SAID THEY WERE BOTH CHEESY GARBAGE.

The battery-life and the recharging time from the case are the Icon X only true flaws. The AirPod charge faster, but what for? All you can do is talk to Siri and listen to music.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:27 8

9. sissy246 (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Lets see
Samsung had wireless ear buds before Apple.
Other phones did away with the 3.5 jack before Apple did.
So who followed who.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 10:11 3

17. tedkord (Posts: 13785; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And as usual, they seem to have caught the cold before Apple sneezed. Funny, that. Seems to happen often lately.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:07

25. bucky (Posts: 3101; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


You're old enough to know who Samsung is influenced by. Also, the second rumours start to swirl regarding Apple other companies try their best to rush an unfinished product just to say they did it first- see Samsung wireless earbuds.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:10 1

30. tedkord (Posts: 13785; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm old enough to know when someone's talking out their ass. You're rationalizing, because it bothers you that Apple has been the one doing the copying for the past 5 years.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 16:46

36. bolosantosi (Posts: 103; Member since: 20 Sep 2016)


But where is Apple sourcing their iPhone 8 displays from again?

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 08:27

4. John-Knotts (Posts: 343; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Finally cutting the cord, literally.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 13:18 1

27. Klinton (Posts: 770; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


I collect bets, that those rumors are wet-dream-iboy's BS.
Are you in?

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 08:28 6

5. joeytaylor (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


If they remove the 3.5 mm jack....it's a smart move to include them

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:15 1

7. dennisfurlan (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


That's my question. Will they include the wireless earbuds in the box with the S8, or will they simply launch the product at the same time, and you have to buy them separately, like the Apple AirPods?

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 13:24

28. Klinton (Posts: 770; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


It doesn't matter much if they include them or not.
As I've said:
I collect bets, that those rumors about Samsung ditching audio jack, are wet-dream-iboy's BS.
Thus they want to make iPhone7 look relevant, and the iboys to feel advanced, instead of f... up. .(same is with the Force Touch BS)
iPathetic.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:24 2

8. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14054; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Factually, every site I went too, gave the Icon X fairly positive or at least on point reviews. The biggest complain was battery-life and some had issues with gesture controls.

I agree the battery-life is dismal for what they cost. But I manage to get 3.5hrs of usage when I turned off everythign but music playback from on-board storage. I got 90 mins from streaming from my phone, which I don't do for that reason.

The ICon X work with any phone, as does the AirPod;s, but the AirPod require a phone, the ICon X donot.

PA is the only site that didn't have nothign positive to say about the Icon X.

My complaint is they aren't worth $199. They are though as good or better than many wireless ones I've paid $99 to 149 for.

Do the fitness feature justify the added cost? I would say sure, if you actually use it. I haven't use it either than to see how much of an issue they cause with battery-life.

The sound quality is right on par with several brands including BOSE. It has very good bass, the noise cancellation is stellar. The touch controls are a bit rough, but just take a little practice.

At least the touch function does more than launch a useless assistant. Why do I need Siri on my headphones? Sure maybe if I am jogging or biking, it is nice to touch the earbuds and ask for directions to a spot or get info. So I say it can be handle. But not for controlling music playback. "Siri ship to next track vs just manually skipping to next track? Because you have to touch it in either case. Why not just allow me to touch it to do the controls?

I would say the Icon X are worth maybe $99 to $125 at the most. But the AirPods are worth $49 or less. PERIOD.

Saying they off slightly improved sound over the wired version and not having any features at all other than siri integration is lame.

The W1 chip capability doesn't add anything all that positive. I have beats headphones with it too. yes the pairing process is quicker, still isn't instantaneous.

At least the Icon X comes with things to improve ear sizing. Apple didn't even include that.
The Icon X actually have bass that sounds like bass. Apple's bass sounded like static.

If the Icon X had about 5 hrs of usage, they would be awesome and if the case charged them faster than 60 mins or so.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:53 3

14. Rydsmith (unregistered)


Longer than the article....

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 09:58 1

15. talon95 (Posts: 732; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


They had better not drop the headphone jack after making fun of Apple for doing it. And what would happen to FM radio without the antenna.
The phone has lots of storage and battery to run a high quality DAC for hours of music. I don't need them to offload that to a tiny battery inside my ear that only lasts a few hours. For those how like it, great, it already exists. For those that don't, they need to keep the 3.5mm around for a few more years.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:42

24. ph00ny (Posts: 1464; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I haven't seen FM capability on samsung phones in ages.

I do however agree on removing audio jack being a bad idea specially without a great replacement for it in the first place

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