Besides Galaxy S21, S21+, and the S21 Ultra, Samsung also unveiled its new pair of wireless earbuds. The Galaxy Buds Pro comes as a successor to the Buds Live that was launched just 6 months ago during the company’s first-ever Galaxy Unpacked event. It introduces a radical new design (at least when compared to its direct predecessor), intelligent ANC, and other promising features. Let’s take a detailed look at the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro alongside its features, ANC capabilities, expected price, and availability in Nepal.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Overview:
Design and Build
I was pretty fond of the design language in Samsung’s first-gen Galaxy Buds and the Buds+. However, the company changed the game with the Buds Live. With its beans aesthetics, it managed to make a name for itself in ways Samsung wouldn’t have wanted. The Buds Live did bring a comfortable wearing experience but the core audio quality wasn’t that impressive and the active noise-cancellation was half-assed—to put it gently. Well, all of that changes with the Galaxy Buds Pro.
These have a typical canal-type earbuds design, while the charging case itself borrows the minimalistic looks of the Buds Live case. To maximize comfort, the Buds Pro’s earbuds have a minimized contact area with your ear. Still, the ear tips at the end offer a tighter seal—thereby ensuring effective passive noise isolation on top of ANC. Samsung is still resistant against a stemmy design which is great.
As a result, it still looks sleek in your ears. At just 6.3 grams per earbud, putting on the Buds Pro for hours shouldn’t be a problem either. From my couple of days with these wireless earbuds, I can vouch for their comfort but stay tuned for our full review for more details.
Here, the Galaxy Buds Pro is available in three color options: Phantom (Silver, Black, and Violet). All of these retain a glossy touch-sensitive front just like its two predecessors. What’s stopping Samsung from going matte in its wireless earbuds, I don’t know. Anyway, it is also IPX7 rated which is a pretty big deal considering how the past generation of Galaxy wireless earbuds came with an inferior IPX2 certification. With this, the Buds Pro is safe not only against drizzles and splashes, but they can survive a full-on immersion as well (up to 1 meter/30 minutes).
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
Moving on, it also comes with ANC but unlike the Galaxy Buds Live, Samsung is promising much better noise-cancellation on these sets of earbuds. To put it to number, the Buds Pro promises up to 99% noise reduction but just how well that translates to practical usage is left to be seen. It is adjustable as well with 2 levels of ANC to choose from. Plus, when you want to hear the world around you, its Ambient Mode (that too is adjustable) can let in up to 20dB of nearby audio.
Moreover, the Buds Pro automatically understands when you’re speaking and dials down ANC to letting you hear everything outside. This “Voice Detect” feature works with music playback as well. You can manually choose to toggle these settings from the Galaxy Wearable app too.
- Check out our coverage of the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event:
Audio and Call Quality
In terms of the sound quality, Buds Pro equips a 2-way speaker system consisting of a 6.5mm tweeter for high and an 11mm woofer for low-frequency audio. Samsung is taking on Apple’s “Spatial Audio” that can dynamically adjust the sound quality depending on your head movements. Just like how Apple exclusivizes this feature on iOS devices, Samsung is doing the same. Therefore, the 360 Audio on Galaxy Buds Pro is only available on Android devices running One UI 3.1 or higher.
These earbuds have a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope working in tandem with Dolby Head Tracking technology to deliver the aforementioned listening experience. Dolby Atmos audio makes its presence on the Buds Pro as well for clear, bass-rich audio. Getting into the actual codecs though, it only supports SBC, AAC, and Samsung’s Scalable format.
So, the fans of high bitrate music streaming might find these earbuds less than pleasing. And there’s also a dedicated Game Mode that reduces latency to the lowest in your gaming sessions, although Samsung hasn’t shared a specific benchmark.
Additionally, even though the Galaxy Buds Pro misses out on multipoint connection, its Auto Switch feature automatically shifts connection between devices—between Galaxy devices with the latest version of One UI. Sounds similar to multipoint connection but the ecosystem exclusivity doesn’t make it so. Say you’re watching a movie on a Samsung Tab S7 and get a call on the S21. The Buds Pro now switches the connection to your phone and once the conversation is over, resumes your playback on the tablet.
Talking about the call quality, the Galaxy Buds Pro features three microphones and a dedicated Voice Pickup Unit. Here, the latter is pretty self-explanatory in the sense that its purpose is to deliver a clear voice. On the other hand, an outer mic (of two) with High SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) eliminates the background noises on your calls whereas its Wind Shield technology minimizes wind interference.
Finally, let’s get into the battery life of these wireless earbuds. Each earbud is powered by a 61mAh battery while the case itself boasts 472mAh of stored power. Samsung promises up to 5 hours of continuous audio playback with ANC turned on, while the number bumps to 8 hours once you turn off ANC. The same number rotates to 4 hours and 5 hours respectively in terms of voice calls.
Furthermore, the charging case adds up to 13 hours or 23 hours of playtime with ANC on/off. It also supports quick-charging whereby 5 minutes of charge gets you 1 hour of playback. On top of USB-C charging, the Galaxy Buds Pro supports Qi-wireless charging as well.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Specifications:
- Earbud: 19.5 x 20.5 x 20.8 mm, 6.3 grams (each)
- Charging case: 50 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm, 44.9 grams
- Color options: Phantom Violet, Phantom Black, Phantom Silver
- Speaker: 2-way (11mm woofer + 6.5mm tweeter)
- Microphone: 3 mics (2 outer + 1 inner) + Voice Pickup Unit + Wind Shield
- Water resistance: IPX7 (Up to meter for 30 minutes)
- Audio codecs: AAC, SBC, Scalable (Samsung proprietary)
- Noise cancellation: Yes, ANC (up to 99% reduction), Voice Detect
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- Battery: 61mAh (per earbud), 472mAh (case)
- Battery life: 5 hours/8 hours continuous playback (ANC on/off)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Hall, Touch, Voice Pickup Unit
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Price in Nepal and Availability
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is now available for purchase in the US and Europe for a price of $200 and €230 respectively. We expect the price of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in Nepal to be around NPR 26,000 when it launches here shortly.
|Wireless Earbuds Model||Price (US)||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro||$200||NPR 26,000|
- Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.