Galaxy Buds Pro are finally official! As announced, Samsung took advantage of the conference dedicated to the Galaxy S21 to lift the veil on a new pair of wireless headphones with intelligent active noise reduction technology. Release date, price and technical sheet… we tell you everything you need to know about the Buds Pro.
This Thursday, January 14, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra. During the Unpacked 2021 conference, the South Korean giant also presented the headphones intended to succeed the Galaxy Buds Live launched last year, the Galaxy Buds Pro. As a reminder, headphones have appeared on the web multiple times in recent weeks. In particular, they have already been put up for sale by an individual on Facebook and on the Staples site, a Canadian brand.
With this new generation of True Wireless headphones, Samsung is already abandoning the bean-shaped design inaugurated in 2020. The manufacturer instead relies on a more classic form factor with an in-ear tip. Theoretically, this design should offer better passive noise cancellation. Not surprisingly, the headphones come with a charging and carrying case.
Active and intelligent noise reduction, transparency mode and automatic switching
To provide a quality sound experience, Samsung once again relies on the expertise of AKG, an audio expert. To offer “A powerful, rich and distortion-free sound”, the firm uses an 11mm speaker for the bass and a 6.5mm speaker for the treble. Like the Live Buds, the Pro Buds are equipped withactive noise reduction technology. The manufacturer claims that 99% of sounds from the environment are blocked by noise reduction. To cancel out the noise, the headphones pick up sounds around them and transmit inverted waves.
Samsung offers two levels of noise cancellation to users : high or low. A transparency mode called “Ambient Sound” completes the settings and lets all surrounding sounds filter out. This mode allows you to answer a caller without having to remove the headphones. It has 4 different transparency modes, depending on your surroundings and noise sensitivity. These modes can be voice activated / deactivated with the help of Bixby, Samsung’s home voice assistant.
With the Buds Pro, Samsung also and above all inaugurates so-called “intelligent” noise reduction. Concretely, the headphones are able to automatically switch from active noise reduction mode to transparency mode if someone is speaking to you. In fact, Buds Pro can identify the presence of a human voice, even in the midst of cacophony.
Similarly, the headphones will automatically and momentarily mute the music when the wearer begins to speak. “Once the conversation is over, the Buds Pro will return directly to the user-defined settings” welcomes Samsung. In the settings of the companion Galaxy Wearables App, you are free to define after how long (5-10-15 seconds) the music should restart.
Samsung also evokes a function called Auto-Switch, the equivalent of automatic failover at Apple. Buds Pro will automatically switch from your tablet to your Galaxy smartphone depending on what you’re doing. If you’re watching a movie on your Galaxy Tab 7 and suddenly pick up to answer a call on your Galaxy S21, the headphones will switch.
Like Apple’s AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, the Buds Pro have sound spatialization, known as the 360 Audio. This option offers sound with a wide listening range and adapts to the movements of the user’s head. Thus, the sound “follows” the movements of the wearer. Samsung relies on Dolby Head TrackingTM technology to achieve this. Obviously, this feature is reserved for watching movies.
Samsung entrusts the autonomy of the headsets to a battery of 61 mAh each. For its part, the case incorporates a 472 mAh battery. Ultimately, the Buds Pro offer up to 28 hours of battery lifewhich is 20% more than Live Buds. A fast recharging system allows you to recover 1 hour of battery in 5 minutes. Finally, the Galaxy Buds Pro are IPX7 certified, which provides protection in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. But beware, the charging case is not water resistant.
Release on Friday January 29, 2021 at the price of 229 euros
Samsung will release Galaxy Buds Pro at price of 229 euros, or 30 € more than Live Buds. Wireless headphones will hit the market soon Friday January 29, 2021. Samsung is giving away a pair of Buds Pro when pre-ordering the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The group leaves the choice between 3 colors: black, silver and purple.
What do you think of this new generation of Samsung headphones? Are you going to trade your AirPods for the Buds Pro? We await your opinion in the comments below.