Take a look at the Galaxy S8's... earphones

At this point, it would be easier to list the things that haven't leaked about the Galaxy S8/S8+ pair: um... the box, maybe? We'd normally add the bundled earphones to this list, except they also seem to have just made a public appearance.

As announced at Samsung's MWC conference, the earphones will be AKG-branded, as the company recently took ownership of the brand name as part of its acquisition of Harman International. The 'phones are, as expected, of the in-ear variety, with a slightly larger than usual outer body, which may or may not have a positive effect on sound quality, depending on how much AKG actually has to do with them. The cable, unlike previous Samsung headphones, is braided, which would hopefully help against tangling, but the microphone and volume controls are still present just like in previous models.

The images appear to be, as is customary, taken with a potato, though this is one of the few cases where we don't mind as much, as sound quality is much more important than looks. Though, admittedly, the headphones themselves look pretty okay, but we'll withhold further judgement until we can get our hands on a pair.

source: Gigglehd via SamMobile

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The driver looks decently big, around 12-13 mm I'd say. I would expect excellent quality for an IEM with that size driver, and hopefully decent components elsewhere.

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Hoping for a hybrid driver with balanced armature transducer so that we can enjoy both highs and low bass at the same time.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

AKGs are usually excellent. This should be no less.

2. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Something different. I like it.

3. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

I think the whole world has seen the phone in real except me. *Meanwhile Samsung thinking it'll blow everyone's mind because we have kept it a secret*

4. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Meh not impressed

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

of course you aren't. Because you lack any sense to ever be.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Looks so much similar to my level u pro

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Samsung cannot even come up with their own branded earbuds. Pathetic.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You've got to be kidding, right? Apple does it...but does it excel in sound quality? No. I'd rather have headphones of different make if it offers better audio...besides, it's a flagship we're talking about.

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

AKG is technically now a Samsung product correct?... .. they did buy Harmon

12. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes He is just another stupid troll

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he just sad that apple didnt include beat headphone inside iPhone box.. lol..

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly and yet they could have with both the iPhone 6S' and 7's. Cheap as Apple still selling cheap phones with cheap headphones. I think Beats headphones are of better quality than the iPhone anyways and that's saying a lot. Apple woudlnt want to potentially enclose a better product in the same box with the product they are selling...lol.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean the product they own? They bought Harmon Kardon stupid idiot! So what if they aren't branded Samsung. Do they need to be? Owning a company doesn't mean all yoru products have the same branding. Example...Toyota owns Lexus. Is Lexus called a Toyota? What about Honda owning Acura? Guess what GM owns Cadillac, Chevy and many others. Yet they are not branded GM. They have their own names and GM has its own brand called GMC. You are a moron and you're stupid. Why dont you just shutup! You are an annoying fart-faced coward. Please off yourself.

20. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

You are beyond Samsung fan Techie. It's ok bro. That's a lot of writing lol.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Has APpel branded the Beat Headphones as Apple headphones? Or are they still being sold as Beat Latest Beats X on Apple's own website are not branded as Apple headphoneshttp://www.apple.com/shop/product/MLYF2LL/A/beatsx-earphones-white?fnode=b06ba7aad2c7c8285cc696e3dd9d743a710455977167a5d76d89c53a843263d067aebc94d5af2892e766d1994de638751aa039612651f9d27ce0ef9fdbbecaf4da03f6e9954c0f9b7f85ddaffbb3862a08b92767a1bed5d864c1e0c9cfcd78d5 So I am curious as to why you've not said that of Apple? At least anything I say about Apple good or bad, I can say about any company. But your hatred is obvious you POS troll!

21. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

And Apple does not even bundle their phones with earbuds... They sell it to you for extra $100...

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung, the "first" OEM to move from selling or enclosing crappy $6.00 headphones in a box with a $600+ smartphone. I am aware HTC did use the urBeats branded headphones with the original HTC One series. Everyone has a different concept on what is premium or garbage and especially when it comes to Beats. So I would say HTC was the "first" OEM to try not to enclose $6.00 headphones with their phones. The urBeats are surely better than what Samsung or Apple and other usually enclose in the box. Now that Smasung owns an audio company, it is nic ethat the very first phone they make after acquisition is of "premium" quality. This I hope sets a trend. This is something Apple should have done years ago. Apple should or could have paid Sony in the past to make Apple their own brand headphones of much better quality. Apple now own Beats and could have included with both the iPhone 6S' or 7's, with better quality headphones in the box, and simply could have added $50 to the cost of the phone to pay for them if need be. Shows you how lazy Apple is and notgiving nothing for the cost. Thank you Samsung. Samsung who gives away VR headsets, 128 and 256GB SDcards and wireless chargers and more when you purchase their phones makes the price of the Galaxy way more than fair and is why many of us stick with Samsung. Other OEM's need to do this. Sony who makes their own phones, shove cheap ass headphones in the box. That's lame!

19. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Oh shut up about Sony. I got the €70 NC31EM with digital noice cancellation with my Z2 and the €160 MDR-XB950BT with the XZ (this was a promotion action though).

18. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just can't deal with in the ear buds. Get on my nerves. Gotta couple behind neck over the ears which work better for me.

22. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

Those bundled with Note 7 are a good fit for me.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless