Samsung’s latest wireless earbuds boast a custom-built 2-way speaker system with sound by AKG, wherein a 11mm woofer and a 6.5mm tweeter work together to provide an improved sound quality over the previous generations.
ANC and Ambient Sound were also improved by the in-ear design itself as well as: an inner mic, a high SNR mic for picking up the user’s voice, and an inner dual-mic array for improved beamforming performance.
Each earbud is equipped with a 61mAh battery that provides up to 4.5 hours of playback time with ANC and Bixby voice wake-up enabled, or up to 8 hours with these features turned off. The charging case has a 472mAh battery that pushes playback time at up to 16 / 28 hours on a single charge. The battery can also provide 1 hour of playback time after a quick 5-minute charge.
Another big improvement over the previous generation lies in the higher IPX7 water resistance rating. It should keep the Galaxy Buds Pro safe from water damage even when submerged in up to 1 meter of fresh water for half an hour. The earbuds support Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and they’re compatible with smartphones specced with at least 1.5GB of RAM and Android 7.0 or later.
Galaxy Buds Pro will support Active Noise Cancellation nearly two months before Unpacked 2021, so the event wasn’t much of a surprise in this regard. The quality of ANC compared to the previous generation, however, is surprisingly good.
Users can choose between a couple of different ANC levels, each for a different sound environment. Furthermore, ANC now works in harmony with Ambient Sound, so the Galaxy Buds Pro can switch from ANC to Ambient Sound on the fly if the user’s voice is picked up in a conversation.
Bixby voice wake-up is par for the course, and so are the touchpad controls and optional eartips.