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Update: December 7, 2020 (12:50 AM ET): Veteran leaker Evan Blass already revealed two Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro colorways, and he’s now posted an image showing a third colorway. Scroll down for more.
Samsung is slowly but steadily rising up the ladder in the global TWS earphones market. Each generation of Galaxy Buds poses a greater threat to Apple’s industry-leading AirPods. We’ve seen three versions of the Galaxy Buds so far and now we expect a fourth iteration. Here’s 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 to Galaxy Buds Live. Since the “Galaxy Buds” moniker is constant throughout the whole series, it will likely stick around for this next iteration.
Previously, rumors suggested the new Galaxy Buds could land as the Galaxy Buds Beyond. The rumor started when a trademark filing with the name was spotted in the US. However, a recent spate of certifications points to the name Galaxy Buds Pro.
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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 Galaxy Buds Live, we expect the Galaxy Buds Pro to carry forward the in-ear design of the original models. If you were looking forward to new bean-shaped earbuds from Samsung, you might be in for a disappointment.
Thanks to Evan Blass (via his Voice page), we have leaked renders of the Buds Pro in purple and silver colorways that corroborate these rumors (see images above). We also have a render of the case which you can see below:
Blass also posted a third colorway on December 10, reportedly dubbed Phantom Black. So if purple or silver aren’t up your alley, you might want to look at this option. We also get a look at the inside of the charging case. Check out the image below.
It’s possible the Galaxy Buds Pro would 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.
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.
We also expect the new earbuds 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.