Samsung is slowly but steadily moving up the ranks in the global TWS earphone market, with each generation of Galaxy Buds posing a greater threat to the industry-leading Apple AirPods. We’ve seen three versions of the Galaxy Buds so far and the upcoming fourth iteration is already making headlines thanks to a few early leaks and rumors. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Samsung headphones.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro name and release date
Samsung went from Galaxy Buds to Galaxy Buds Plus and then to Galaxy Buds Live. As you can see, the Galaxy Buds nickname has remained constant throughout and will likely remain for all future generations of Samsung’s premium headphones.
It was previously thought that the new Galaxy Buds would be called Galaxy Buds Beyond. The rumor started when a trademark with the name was spotted in the United States. However, a recent wave of certifications points to the name Galaxy Buds Pro.
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Documents released by the FCC and the Indonesian telecommunications authority SDPPI echo the Galaxy Buds Pro brand with the model number SM-R190. The same model number has also already been spotted in a Korean certification. All of this evidence makes it more than likely that the new Samsung buds will be called the Galaxy Buds Pro.
As for the release date, Samsung is typically launching a new pair of headphones alongside its flagship smartphones. Galaxy Buds Plus launched with the Galaxy S20 and Buds Live have been released with the Note 20. In keeping with this tradition, we expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Buds Pro on the same day as the Galaxy S21 series in January.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro design
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Buds Pro are expected to carry the in-ear design of the original Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus. So if you’ve been eagerly awaiting Samsung’s new bean-shaped earbuds, you’ll probably have to wait for a Buds Live successor.
It is widely believed that the Galaxy Buds Pro will succeed the Galaxy Buds Plus and that Samsung will keep the Live series separate. However, it is also more than possible that the concha push-fit headphones are a unique experience.
Still, the Galaxy Buds Pro could offer a better fit by keeping the more conventional in-ear design. We haven’t seen any renderings of the earbuds themselves, but it looks like Samsung is changing the charging case to look like the Galaxy Buds Live’s.
The FCC listing shows the bottom of the charging case, confirming a square design compared to the pill-shaped box we’ve seen on previous Samsung headphones.
Specifications and Features
According to SamMobile, Galaxy Buds Pro will ship with active noise cancellation, a feature that was missed on Galaxy Buds Plus but added to Galaxy Buds Live. With their in-ear design and ANC, the Galaxy Buds Pro should ideally isolate outside noise better than their predecessors.
The new headphones should also feature an improved Ambient mode so you can hear important sounds and stay alert.
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According to a 3C certification, the Galaxy Buds Pro charging case could come with a 472mAh battery. If so, Samsung hasn’t changed its battery capacity as the Galaxy Buds Live case has the exact same specs.
We don’t know much else about the specs and features of the Galaxy Buds Pro, but we’re sure we’ll know more about the headphones as their launch nears. Until then, you can bookmark this article to get all the latest headphone updates.