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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 announced – true wireless earbuds with ANC, cheaper than Buds Pro

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At today's Z Fold 3 Unpacked event Samsung just announced, among other devices, its new Galaxy Buds 2 truly wireless earbuds. Unlike the earlier Galaxy Buds Pro, which launched for a price of $199.99, the Buds 2 will retail for the more affordable $149.99 starting August 27.

Despite this, the Galaxy Buds 2 are packing plenty of Buds Pro features, such as Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), Ambient Sound and a case that supports wireless charging.

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Each Galaxy Buds 2 earbud is powered by a 61 mAh battery, while the charging case has a 472 mAh battery, which are numbers exactly matching the Galaxy Buds Pro, and notably higher as compared to the original Galaxy Buds. Even so, Samsung calls the Galaxy Buds 2 its smallest and lightest earbuds yet.

In terms of design, the Galaxy Buds 2 come in a familiar square-shaped charging case with rounded corners, 50 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm in size and a combined weight (with the earbuds inside) of 1.45 ounces or 41.2 grams.


The earbuds themselves are somewhat similar to the original Galaxy Buds from 2020, but cleaner and more rounded. Each earbud sports two separate sound drivers - a tweeter and a woofer, while both earbuds combined feature three microphones, two outer and one inner. According to Samsung, the Buds 2 deliver "balanced and mesmerizing" sound.

The ANC of the Buds 2 is said to block out up to 98% of background noise, while their microphones will help deliver clear calls by working not to let in unwanted noise during. Thanks to the Buds 2's design, the microphones are said to be shielded from wind, which helps prevent wind noise when using them for calls outside.

As with previous Galaxy earbuds, the Buds 2 feature touch controls, such as a single tap on the left earbud to play and pause, double-tap to skip to the next song, or holding the right earbud to switch between ANC and Ambient Sound.

For connecting with smartphones, tablets, PCs and other devices, the Galaxy Buds 2 use Bluetooth 5.2. Users of other Samsung devices like Galaxy Tab tablets or the newly-announced Galaxy Watch 4 will be able to enjoy automated, intelligent Buds 2 pair switching between those.

The Galaxy Buds 2 will be available in four color variants, which Samsung has named Graphite, Lavender, Olive and White.

Out of the box the "Sound by AKG"-branded Galaxy Buds 2 come with several ear tips sizes and a USB Type-C charging cable. Aside from charging the case with it, users can alternatively also charge it wirelessly with compatible Qi wireless chargers or even via PowerShare (reverse wireless charging) from a compatible phone like the Galaxy S21.

As for battery life, Samsung says that if using the Buds 2 earbuds without the case and with ANC on, they'll last up to 5 hours, or 7.5 hours with ANC off. But with the case - they should last up to 20 hours on a single charge.

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