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Technology Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Review: Improvements nearly across the board for $49 more

01:00  18 february  2020
01:00  18 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

New Samsung Galaxy Buds could be launching soon to rival AirPods Pro

  New Samsung Galaxy Buds could be launching soon to rival AirPods Pro A new version of the Samsung Galaxy Buds has been revealed by an FCC filing.An FCC filing for a "Bluetooth headset" from Samsung all but confirms the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, which are rumored to be the company's answer to the noise-canceling Apple AirPods Pro.

Samsung 's true wireless Galaxy Buds+ earphones deliver similarly strong audio performance to the previous model, with nearly double the battery life. PCMag editors select and review products independently . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing.

Galaxy Buds+ offer more personalized fitting and gesture control options, and come in new colors including Cloud Blue and Red. Building on the exceptional wireless sound experience offered by the Galaxy Buds , Samsung ’s new Galaxy Buds+ are designed to provide the most convenient and

Samsung didn't just have four new phones to show off at it's February Unpacked event. The tech giant also had the successor to Galaxy Buds. Introducing Galaxy Buds+, Samsung's second-generation true wireless earbuds under that brand.

a close up of a man in glasses looking at the camera© Jacob Krol/CNN

The first change? Well, at $149.99, they're $20 more than the original, but improved a number of core features.

Sound? Check.

Voice recognition? Check.

Battery life? Check.

Design, on the other hand, is one area where Samsung decided to stay the same. The Galaxy Buds+ are only a hair heavier than the original, which is a result of the tech.

AirPods Pro have the top spot of best true wireless earbuds from CNN Underscored, and while the Galaxy Buds+ won't be crowned the new queen or king, they're not off the list, either.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ will reportedly lack active noise cancellation

  Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ will reportedly lack active noise cancellation Samsung's Galaxy Buds are nearing a year old, so naturally rumors about the next version have started circulating. Supposedly, the Galaxy Buds+ will not have active noise cancellation (ANC), sources tell SamMobile. They may come with a larger battery (85mAh), which could give them a 12-hour battery life, double that of their predecessor. When we reviewed the Galaxy Buds last March, one of our complaints was the average audio quality. The new earbuds promise improved sound, but we don't know yet how they'll deliver that. The Galaxy Buds lost points, too, for poor microphone quality.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ . More . After hyping the Galaxy Buds ' performance for voice calls, the results were disappointing during my review . Samsung is clearly trying to improve that aspect as it added a second external microphone on the Galaxy Buds+ . We'll have to wait for our review unit to confirm if

I've used the Buds+ for nearly a week, and there's a lot to love even if these don't reach the No. 1 spot.

Compact buds with a snug fit

Design-wise, the Galaxy Buds+ haven't changed much. They come in white, cosmic black and cosmic blue. I've been testing the white pair, and interestingly enough, there's an Aura Glow hue on the triangular touch panels on both earbuds. I like this touch, which reminds me of the Note 10+ from last year.

The touchpad faces outward, which feels more sensitive than the original. A single tap resumes play or pauses, a double-tap skips to the next track and a triple tap restarts the track. It's the traditional controls, and you get a large amount of customization from the companion app for Android or iOS. There's even an experimental mode found in the app that lets you turn on volume controls. You can tap the sides of Buds+ to raise or lower the volume. By default, left lowers and right raises the volume. It's handy, but there were few times where a single tap was picked up as a skip or a volume tap paused the trick.

Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Buds+ leak together in official-looking shots

  Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Buds+ leak together in official-looking shots At this rate, you may know exactly what to expect at Samsung's February 11th event. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has shared a flurry of apparent official images for the Galaxy S20 family, including one for a promo that offers a free set of Galaxy Buds+ for people who pre-order the S20+ or S20 Ultra -- it's not quite revealing everything in one picture, but it's pretty close. The shots appear to confirm much of what you've seen in live photos andApart from the cameras (including a 108-megapixel shooter on the Ultra), the Galaxy S20 range is expected to be a more evolutionary upgrade with speedier Snapdragon 865 processors in some countries, up to 16GB of RAM and 120Hz displays.

The Galaxy Z Flip being cheaper than the Galaxy S20 Ultra is still so fascinating for so many reasons. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review . The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is an iterative upgrade to the original Galaxy Buds with one of the main selling points being Spotify integration.

Although names like Galaxy Buds 2 and Galaxy Buds (2020) have been bandied about, Buds+ The big news is that contrary to previous rumors, which claimed that noise-cancelation would be on board , the latest information is that it’s not going to Samsung Galaxy Buds from Samsung and Amazon.

That's an improvement from true wireless earbuds that require a physical click or push, as that can cause discomfort. But it might be wise for Samsung to turn down the touch sensitivity, or at least make it an option for those times when it works too well.

On the side facing your ear, you'll find the physical earbud that comes pre-wrapped in a gel cover.

You get an additional two sizes with built-in wingtips. The Galaxy Buds+ deliver a snug fit. I haven't been able to make these fall out, Even when I was headbanging, doing jumping jacks, running, jogging, making my way through a busy NJTransit train and even battling turbulence on a plane. The Buds+ did not fall out.

And that tight fit means two things. From a design and look standpoint, the Buds+ don't stick out from your ears. And they also do a nice job offering passive noise canceling. Since there is no active noise cancellation on the Buds+, Samsung gives you an "Ambient sound" mode: low, medium and high.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds Plus will make big improvements to battery life and sound quality

  Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds Plus will make big improvements to battery life and sound quality A leaked specs comparison reveals all of the detailsThe leaked specs comparison also reveals that the Galaxy Buds will have dedicated woofer and tweeter drivers in each earbud, whereas the previous model just had one speaker in each. Samsung has also added a second outer voice mic for a total of three. Voice call quality is one of the weaknesses of the Galaxy Buds, so it seems the company has done some reengineering in hopes of fixing that.

Galaxy Buds let you pair and switch seamlessly between your Galaxy devices so you don’t miss out on any of the action. All the while, Buds high-efficiency micro-battery will keep you immersed in your favoritetunes for up to 6 hours. on a single charge.

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Even though it's a tight and snug fit, it's a relatively comfortable and cozy one. And that's a good thing considering Samsung is promising 11-hour battery life, nearly double the battery life of the original Galaxy Buds. The Buds+ were perfectly comfortable in my ears, even for extended listening sounds. Plenty cozy.

When the Galaxy Buds+ aren't in your ears, they'll find a home in the carrying case.

It does double duty as it also charges the Buds+, which is similar to other true wireless earbuds. It's a relatively compact case that's on par with AirPods Pro, but smaller than Powerbeats Pro or the Sony WF-100XM3s. It can charge hardwired with USB Type-C (a cable is included in the box) or wirelessly through the Qi standard.

And yes, it works with Wireless PowerShare on the back of your Samsung device. I tried this out at Unpacked with the upcoming Galaxy S20 family, and have been using it personally with a Galaxy Z Flip. It comes in handy. The case also provides an additional 11 hours of use, so 22 hours in total.

Well-balanced sound with strong bass

The biggest change with the Galaxy Buds+ is the addition of two speakers in each bud and three microphones on each bud. The speaker setup in each Bud+ is a woofer and tweeter that is dynamic. Put simply, the result is much better audio that presents a wider soundstage, but remains balanced. Furthermore, it packs a punch with bass.

Samsung iOS app confirms the existence of new Galaxy Buds+

  Samsung iOS app confirms the existence of new Galaxy Buds+ Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ are very, very real. A listing for the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ application (via CNET) has popped up on the Apple App Store as a preview, essentially confirming the updated earbuds' existence. Unfortunately, the app's description doesn't say much about the earbuds other than they're only compatible with iPhone 7 and newer devices running iOS 10 or higher. According to previous reports, though, the Galaxy Buds+ will lack active noise cancellation but will be able to run for 12 hours on a single charge, which is double the battery life of the current model.

And it's well-balanced across a variety of tracks that spans genres. "Work" by Rihanna is a nice example, with clear beats at the beginning and her vocals spanning low and high tones that are layered on top. It's clear throughout and the bass doesn't lose a punch.

A more pop-centric track like "What A Man Gotta Do" by the Jonas Brothers, opens with a clean strum of the guitar. From there, you can easily get the need to rock it out with a nice two-step jive as drums and high vocals are layered. The Buds+ do a nice job of letting you clearly hear each of the three brothers' voices. It's light pop with a lot of instrumental, but you can hear the channel separation.

Additionally, a track like "Into the Unknown" from Disney's "Frozen 2," hits well with the vocals by Idina Menzel or the roaring drum beat from Panic! At the Disco. The same goes for "American Land," "Night" and "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen.

The sound is strong and allows you to pick up customizations in the form of an equalizer. This is of course found in the companion app for Android or iOS. You can pick between normal, bass boost, soft, dynamic, clear and treble boost. Sadly, there is no way to make your own presets.

And with any listening mode, you have the option to pump in ambient noise. While this isn't as good as Transparency Mode on AirPods Pro, Samsung might be onto something.

Samsung's Unveils New Galaxy Buds+

  Samsung's Unveils New Galaxy Buds+ Samsung just announced the Galaxy Buds+. The completely wireless earbuds are the second generation successor of the Galaxy Buds, and on paper at least, are a significant upgrade from last year's model. Check out the $149 Galaxy Buds+ on Samsung.com, available Feb. 14. You can purchase the Galaxy Buds+ in retail stores March 6, the same day the Galaxy S20 becomes available. Perhaps the "plus" in the name represents the 11-hour battery life the Buds+ have over the original Buds at six hours.

It's an appreciated feature for commuting, especially when crossing busy city streets. You can also adjust between low, medium and high. With Ambient sound turned off, it's like a passive noise canceling experience, and listening at high volumes can result in a similar to ANC (active noise canceling) experience.

Nearly 12 hours of listening and much better voice pickup

Samsung says the Galaxy Buds+ should last for 11 hours, but I've gotten in between 11:30 and 11:45. It's safe to say that's a long run time. And that's with both an iOS and Android device connected as I primarily tested the Galaxy Buds+ with a Galaxy Z Flip, iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy S10+.

The connection was smooth on all three, and thanks to multi-device pairing, I switch on the fly.

But the battery was seriously impressive. These easily lasted for a long haul flight, the ride from the airport and then working at my desk. Seriously long-lasting, and a quick three-minute charge in the case gives you 60 minutes of listening time. I didn't notice Ambient mode taking that big of a hit on overall battery life as well. You should never have an issue with the battery lasting though.

And on the voice recognition side, the addition of a microphone improves call quality. The person on the end will be able to hear you better than on the previous version. I tested this in a few different spots, some with a lot of wind and others with none, but I came through clear on the other end.

Bottom line

In just shy of a year's time, Samsung managed to deliver nice improvements on the Galaxy Buds with the Galaxy Buds+. By no means does this make the original terrible. Those still sound good and offer around six hours of listening time.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus nearly doubles battery life while enhancing voice capability

  Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus nearly doubles battery life while enhancing voice capability Last year's Samsung Galaxy Buds were one of the best fully wireless earbuds available at a price less than Apple's AirPods. They had solid battery life, great fit, excellent sound, and charged up wirelessly. This year's model is even better.This year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Buds Plus that improve in a couple of key areas while keeping the same form factor, fit, and other features that made the Galaxy Buds superb. The price remains competitive at $149.99, and if you pick up a new Galaxy S20 then you may qualify for a free pair of the new Buds Plus.

But there's a clear reason for the "+" designation on the latest models.

The 11-hour battery life in a nearly identical design is terrific. And it's just enjoyable to listen to music on these. Sadly, there's no true active noise cancellation and the Ambient mode will likely leave you wanting more, but for Samsung users, the Galaxy Buds+ are an excellent pair of true wireless earbuds for $149.99.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailer's listed prices at the time of publication.

Samsung announces Galaxy Buds Plus earbuds with huge boost to battery life .
Same design, but much better battery life and soundSpecs for the Galaxy Buds Plus were leaked ahead of Samsung’s Unpacked event and revealed that the latest model makes impressive strides in battery life. They can last for up to 11 hours on a single charge, and the charging case extends that to 22 hours before everything needs to be juiced back up. In situations where the buds are completely dead, charging them for just three minutes over USB-C will get you an hour of playing time.

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