The thoroughly leaked Galaxy S20
, and S20 Ultra
smartphones are not the only exciting devices widely expected to see daylight at a no doubt glamorous February 11 Unpacked event
in San Francisco, as Samsung is also pretty much guaranteed to be cooking up an upgrade for the company's first-ever true wireless earbuds
No AirPods Pro rival here
Apple's newest (and costliest) true wireless earbuds are not the only ones in the world to rock state-of-the-art Active Noise Cancellation technology, but they're definitely more popular than Sony's convolutedly named WF-1000XM3
, which actually preceded the AirPods Pro
Galaxy Buds+ images revealed by Samsung
While Samsung is apparently Apple's top early challenger in the fast-growing global "hearables" industry
, the Galaxy Buds+ are unlikely to go head to head with the high-end AirPods Pro, settling instead for rivaling the "regular" second-gen AirPods
courtesy of a significant battery size increase and a snub of the aforementioned ANC feature that should allow Samsung to keep the price point in reasonable territory.
Audiophiles disappointed in hearing about Samsung's decision to omit active noise cancellation functionality this time around as well might find a little comfort in the news that the "overall sound quality" of the original Galaxy Buds will be improved for the Plus model. Of course, we'll have to wait and see
hear for ourselves what kind of a real-life progress we're dealing with here. For what it's worth, we weren't too bothered by the sound quality of the first-gen true wireless earbuds when reviewing Samsung's rookie market effort
, although there was clearly plenty of room for improvement.
The original Samsung Galaxy Buds along with their trusty charging case
We can't say the same about the battery endurance of the 2019-released Galaxy Buds, which was already pretty great, so naturally, we're excited to see how high the Buds+ will be able to raise that bar. If SamMobile's sources are correct (and they almost always are), the Galaxy Buds+ will come with a battery capacity of 85mAh, up from 58mAh last year. That's an increase of nearly 50 percent, but believe it or not, the actual life between charges could take an even more drastic leap, from six to no less than 12 hours.
Galaxy Buds+ vs the competition
Because there's obviously no way to assess the audio quality of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ just yet, let's focus on putting that alleged 12-hour battery endurance rating into perspective. Incredibly enough, that would be more than double the advertised battery life of both the AirPods Pro and the "normal" 2019-refreshed AirPods. The former model is said to offer only 4.5 hours of uninterrupted listening time, while the latter adds a modest half an hour on top of that.
The Galaxy Buds+ could go head to head with the non-Pro 2019 AirPods
Of course, the booming market is brimming with diversity right now, and one of the most recently unveiled AirPods alternatives
is touting a solid eight hours of battery life on a single charge. That's still not as impressive as the purported claim to fame of the upcoming Galaxy Buds+, and the same goes for the 9-hour rating of the Beats Powerbeats Pro
. We can't help but wonder therefore if this number is indeed accurate after all.
We certainly hope the Galaxy Buds+ will be able to last more than 12 hours in total when also taking their charging case into consideration. The Galaxy Buds, mind you, can deliver a combined 13 hours of juice, while the AirPods and AirPods Pro are touting "more than 24 hours of listening time."
In other news, the Galaxy Buds+ are expected to come with a grand total of four microphones, up from only two on their predecessors and three on the AirPods Pro, one of which is inward-facing to help with noise cancellation. That sounds pretty awesome on paper for things like call quality, but as with overall audio quality, it's probably wise to not get too excited before these bad boys are actually released, presumably at a slightly higher than $130 price.