Samsung Galaxy Buds
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are the update the company’s true wireless earbuds (the original Samsung Galaxy Buds) desperately needed. They offer better battery life, improved call audio thanks to a third internal microphone, and a new dual-driver design. On top of that, there’s finally support for iOS through the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus app.
Not long after the Galaxy Buds Plus’ launch, Samsung released its first update. After some users reported hearing the strange sound of white noise while using the true wireless earbuds. According to TizenHelp, the firmware version R175XXUOATB5 is designed to fix this issue, as well as other problems including a “delay in pairing” and Bluetooth dropouts.
Price and availability
Samsung has launched its latest true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, at its Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco. Where it announced that they’ll be available to buy online from February 14.
At $149.99 / £159 / AU$299, they’re about the same price as last year’s Samsung Galaxy Buds. They’re also significantly cheaper than the best true wireless earbuds of 2020, the Sony WF-1000XM3. Though these buds come with premium features like active noise cancellation.
Battery life and connectivity
The Galaxy Buds Plus boast a far longer battery life than the original Galaxy Buds. The earbuds themselves contain 11 hours of charge. While the charging case provides an additional 11 hours, bringing the total battery life to 22 hours.
That 11-hour battery life is pretty long for earbuds – but for the charging case, it’s not a huge amount of battery. It’s nice to see the Buds Plus with a larger internal battery, but a shame the charging case didn’t get something more substantial.
So where do the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus stand in the wide and deep echelon of true wireless earbuds? Well, somewhere in the middle. Thanks to its better battery life of around 11 hours (give or take) per charge, it’s a decent pick for people who hate charging their headphones at night. That said, it doesn’t feature a built-in virtual assistant nor does it have real water-resistance, it’s just IPX2.
Most egregious, however, is its lack of noise cancellation or even noise reduction, a feature that’s available on the similarly priced Amazon Echo Buds. Now sure, those may not sound as good as the Galaxy Buds Plus nor do they last as long. Those features lose their luster when you’re struggling to hear your music on a crowded subway train.
At the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus present a good value for folks who just want true wireless earbuds they don’t need to charge everyday. They aren’t the best-sounding, but the dual-driver design is a big step up for Samsung.
Ultimately, you’d be better served by saving up for a pair of Apple AirPods Pro if you’re an iOS user or a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 if you use Android, both of which sound better and offer noise cancellation. They don’t last as long as the Galaxy Buds Plus do and cost twice as much, but they’re a better all-around pick in our opinion.