After many weeks of leaks and anticipation, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S20 flagships – Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Along with the new flagship series, the company unveiled its second iteration of the true wireless headset – the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These new hearables come bundled in the Galaxy S20 as a pre-order bonus. However, they will also be available as a separate product for any customer. After all, the new “Galaxy Buds+” app is already available and compatible with any Android or iOS device.
The audio experience received an upgrade with 2-way speakers (woofer + tweeter). These two are tuned by AKG. Moreover, the new hearables come with three microphones onboard. Although it doesn’t come with a highly-requested ANC (Active Noise Canceling) feature. However, they do feature ambient pass-through, though, so you can maintain situational awareness as you lister.
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The individual buds have larger batteries reaching 85mAh. This is almost the double of the 58mAh present on the previous model. Inside the case, there’s also a new battery that is slightly larger than its predecessor. With the new Buds+ users can expect 11 hours of playback, twice if you pop them in the case every once in a while. You can also use Qi wireless charging from your Galaxy S20 phone or a USB-C cable to refill the battery.
The new Buds+ will be available in Black, White, Blue and Red. They come with two pairs of rubber tips, so you can pick the size that fits your ears best. If you’re not interested in pre-ordering a Galaxy S20 phone, you’ll be able to order the Galaxy Buds+ from February 14. They cost $150 in the United States and €170 in Europe. It represents a $20 / €20 price bump over the original buds.