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Samsung is slowly but steadily rising up the ladder in the global TWS earphones market, with each generation of Galaxy Buds posing a greater threat to Apple’s industry-leading AirPods. We’ve seen three versions of the Galaxy Buds so far and the upcoming fourth iteration is already making headlines thanks to some early leaks and rumors. Here everything we know so far about Samsung’s upcoming earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro name and release date
Samsung went from Galaxy Buds to Galaxy Buds Plus and then Galaxy Buds Live. As you can see, the Galaxy Buds moniker has remained constant throughout and will most likely stick around for all future generations of Samsung’s premium earbuds.
It was previously believed that the new Galaxy Buds would be named Galaxy Buds Beyond. The rumor started when a trademark filing with the name was spotted in the US. However, a recent spate of certifications point to the name Galaxy Buds Pro.
Documents published by the FCC and the Indonesian telecom authority SDPPI echo the Galaxy Buds Pro branding with model number SM-R190. The same model number was also previously spotted in a Korean certification. All this evidence makes it more than likely that the new Samsung buds will be called the Galaxy Buds Pro.
As far as a release date is concerned, Samsung usually launches a new pair of earbuds alongside its flagship smartphones. The Galaxy Buds Plus launched with the Galaxy S20 and the Buds Live came out with the Note 20. Keeping with this tradition, we expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Buds Pro on the same day as the Galaxy S21 series sometime in January.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro design
Unlike the reigning Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Buds Pro are expected to carry forward the in-ear design of the original Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus. So if you were looking forward to new bean-shaped earbuds from Samsung, you’d probably have to wait for a successor to the Buds Live.
It’s widely believed that the Galaxy Buds Pro will succeed the Galaxy Buds Plus and that Samsung will keep the Live series separate. However, it’s also more than possible that the concha-fitting earbuds were a one-off experiment.
Nevertheless, the Galaxy Buds Pro could offer a better fit by retaining the more conventional in-ear design. We haven’t seen any renders of the earbuds themselves, but it seems Samsung is changing the charging case to resemble that of the Galaxy Buds Live.
The FCC listing shows the bottom of the charging case, confirming a squarish design compared to the pill-shaped box we’ve seen on previous Samsung in-ears.
Specs and features
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Buds Pro will come with Active Noise Cancellation, a feature that was missed on the Galaxy Buds Plus but added to the Galaxy Buds Live. With their in-ear design and ANC, the Galaxy Buds Pro should ideally do a better job of isolating outside noise than their predecessors.
The new earbuds are also expected to feature an improved Ambient mode so you can hear important sounds and keep alert of your surroundings.
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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 specification.
We don’t know much else about the specs and features of the Galaxy Buds Pro, but we’re sure we’ll hear more about the earbuds closer to their launch. Until then, you can bookmark this article to get all the latest updates on the earbuds.