We were all waiting for Samsung to drop their next series of flagship phones this February- the Samsung S20 series. But it wasn’t the only thing that the company showcased in this year’s Samsung Unpacked Event. The Samsung Z flip which was unveiled alongside the S20 series also contributed to the hype for the event. The one thing that got overlooked in between all of this was the successor to Samsung Galaxy Buds – Samsung Galaxy Buds+. Though it didn’t create much hype before the event, the specs look promising. The new Samsung Galaxy Buds+ comes with significant upgrades to the Samsung Galaxy Bud that are too big to overlook.
Galaxy Buds+ Vs Galaxy Buds
The latest iteration of the Samsung Buds series comes with double the number of speakers as in the Samsung Galaxy Buds. This time Samsung has gone for a tweeter and woofer arrangement instead of a single driver in each of the buds. Tweeter will take care of the high notes while woofer will look after the bass. Alongside the bump in the number of speakers, Samsung has bumped the size of each speaker by nearly 40%. The company claims that it will not only deliver more and better sound. The buds have been tuned by AKG and it promises crystal clear sound.
Battery and Backup
Back in December 2019, there were reports claiming that the next Galaxy Buds in the lineup will come with a battery capacity of 300mAh in each of the buds. Though it didn’t turn out to be true, the battery in the Galaxy Buds+ is certainly bigger than the Galaxy Buds. Each bud comes with an 85mAh battery compared to a 58mAh battery in its predecessor. It also has a 270mAh battery capacity packed in its charging case.
With those batteries, the company claims the Galaxy Buds+ provides 11hours of playback time. The power case will add another 11 hours to that playback time. The Buds+ supports both wireless charging and wireless power-sharing. You can get around an hour of playback time with just 3 minutes of quick charging.
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Partnership with Spotify
This year, Samsung has partnered with Spotify to offer a more personalized playlist to the users. A simple long-press in the Buds+ can provide you a list of recommended songs based on your track history.
The Galaxy Buds+ comes with 3 mics versus the industry-standard two mics. We believe that this step was taken to overcome the issues in the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Many people complained about the call quality in the previous bud. However, with three mics, the Buds+ is said to perform better even in the crowded surroundings.
Samsung also claims to have enhanced the Ambient Sound feature. While the Ambient Sound mode in the Galaxy Buds looked good in paper, we didn’t find it of any use in our review. However, with the latest Galaxy Buds+, Samsung claims you can have better control of what you want to hear. Despite this, there’s still no Active Noise Cancellation on the Galaxy Buds+.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ offers better convenient device pairing and device switching. You can completely avoid the whole process of unpairing and paring; all you have to do is tap on the Media Player. The Buds+ is also compatible with iOS devices.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Specifications
- Dimension (Buds+): 0.90 x 0.69 x 0.75 inches (H x W x D); 6.3 grams; Each
- Dimension (Charging Case): 1.53 x 2.75 x 1.04 inches (H x W x D): 39.6 grams
- Sensors: Accelerometer, IR, Hall, Touch
- Audio: Adaptive 3-mic system (2 outer mics & 1 inner mic), 2-way dynamic speaker (Woofer + Tweeter); Scalable, ACC, SBC audio codec
- Controls: Single tap to play/pause; Double tap to skip the track or answer a call; Customizable touch & hold command or play recommended music from Spotify
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- IP Rating: Splash resistant (IPX2)
- Compatibility: Android 5.0 or higher with at least 1.5GB of RAM; iOS 10 or higher
- Battery: 85mAh (each bud); 270mAh (case); Up to 11 hours of playtime (with Case up to 22 hours); Up to 7.5 hours talk-time (with Case up to 15 hours)
- Charging: USB Type-C, Qi Wireless charging (PowerShare); 3 minutes charging = 1 hour playtime
- Colors: Black, Blue, White
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Price in Nepal & Availability
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will go on sale from the 14th of February for the price of $149. But amazingly, it is already available in Nepal for Rs. 17,000. Kudos to Samsung Nepal for great pricing and quick launch! Though it doesn’t go head to head against Apple’s Airpods Pro, the Galaxy Buds+ still looks like a decent pair of wireless earphones.
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