The latest truly wireless earbuds Samsung Buds Pro is said to offer a particularly convincing sound because Samsung combines an 11 mm woofer for rich bass with a 6.5 mm tweeter for brilliant highs. There is also long-last battery life and practical features, including active noise cancellation (ANC).
Last year Samsung wanted to conquer the TWS market with the Galaxy Buds Live ( Review), but that didn’t quite work out, especially since neither the sound nor the active noise suppression was really convincing. The brand new Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, which was just introduced together with the Galaxy S21 series, should now do everything better.
Above all, the new drivers should deliver significantly better audio quality. In contrast to most competing products, Samsung puts not just one, but two drivers in each earbud; the combination of an 11mm woofer and a 6.5mm tweeter should ensure a more detailed reproduction with deeper bass. For phone calls, three microphones are available per earphone, which are supposed to block out disturbing ambient noise so effectively that you can even make phone calls during a storm.
As is now the case with high-end earphones, the Samsung Buds Pro also has active noise cancellation (ANC). Samsung promises that ambient noise will be reduced by up to 99 percent – however, the small print says that this value is only achieved at a frequency of 118.43 Hz, as usual, higher sounds are likely to be reduced less effectively. In ambient mode, outside noise can be amplified by up to 20 dB. An automatic call detection is intended to automatically switch between ANC and ambient mode when the wearer is talking to someone.
Just like the Apple AirPods Pro (Review), the Galaxy Buds Pro can automatically connect to another device if necessary. For example, if you watch a movie on a Galaxy Tab while a call comes in, the earphones automatically connect to the corresponding Galaxy smartphone while the video is paused. There is also a counterpart to Apple’s Spatial Audio, namely 360-degree audio with Dolby Head Tracking. A game mode can reduce latency.
The battery life is impressive: Samsung states that the earphones can play for five hours with ANC and even eight without ANC. The charging case can charge the earbuds around 2.5 times. The case itself can be charged either via a USB-C cable or wirelessly on a Qi charging pad. The connection is made via Bluetooth 5.0. The earbuds are certified according to IPX7 and are therefore protected against sweat and splash water.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is now available to pre-order for a recommended retail price of $199.99 on the Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com online stores. The TWS is available in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet colors.