Samsung’s latest wireless earphones, Galaxy Buds Live, have not exactly been the best kept secret. Pictures of the kidney bean-shaped buds leaked three weeks ago on Twitter and we pretty much saw the whole monty when Samsung updated its Galaxy Wear app for iOS and Android . The only thing we did not know at the time were some important specifications ̵
You have to wait until tomorrow for our full review, but what I can say is that they cost $ 170 (£ 179) and are available in three color options – Mysterious White, Mysterious Black and Mysterious Bronze. They really have a unique look, eating your bean jokes aside. Samsung calls them “stylish and ergonomic.” They are available on Thursday, so you do not have to wait long to get a pair. (We’re still waiting to talk about Australian prices, but £ 179 is converted to around $ 325.)
Like Apple’s standard AirPods, Galaxy Buds Live has an open design, which means that they are embedded in the ear and do not require you to attach an ear tip to the ear canal. They have two sizes of “wingtips” that are designed to help you get a more secure fit.
Samsung calls this particular taste of noise interruption “ANC for the open type.” Usually you need to have a tight seal to get good noise reduction, so it will be interesting to see how effective it actually is.
The former Samsung headphones,, boasted a solid 11 hours of battery life. Buds Live is not as tireless, ranked for eight hours with noise interruptions and six hours with it on. The compact charging case, which is charged wirelessly or via USB-C, provides an additional 2.5 extra charges and a five-minute fast charge gives you an hour of battery life.
Like Galaxy Buds Plus, Buds Live IPX2 is waterproof (they can take a splash from a certain angle). Many earmuffs offer better resistance, but these are sweat resistant and you can train in them. By comparison, the standardhas no water resistance value while are IPX4 waterproof, which means that they are completely splashproof.
If you own a Galaxy phone or tablet, you get a few extra features, including a low-latency game mode. It was available for Galaxy Buds Plus under the “Labs” section of the app but it has been improved, according to a Samsung spokesperson, and will be handy forusers who want to play . Galaxy owners can also use Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, hands-free without using Buds’ touch controls. Activate it by saying “Hello, Bixby.” However, you will lose half an hour of battery life if you activate hands-free Bixby, however.
As I said, we will publish a full review of the new Galaxy Buds Live tomorrow. In the meantime, you can find their key specifications below, according to Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live specifications
- 12mm speaker driver with bass channel
- Open design
- IPX2 water resistant (splash and sweat resistant)
- Compact charging case
- Three microphones and voice recording device
- Active noise cancellation for open type
- 8 hours battery life with ANC off (6 hours with ANC on)
- 5 minutes of fast charging gives you an hour of battery life
- Wireless charging and USB-C charging
- Price: $ 170, £ 179
- Available August 6 in three color options (mysterious white, mysterious black and mysterious bronze)