South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched the Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earphones globally, alongside the latest Galaxy Note 20 series. The Galaxy Buds Live earphones are the first from Samsung to feature active noise cancellation, and come after months of rumours surrounding the bean-shaped premium true wireless earphones.
Priced at $169.99 (approximately Rs. 12,700), the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are a good bet against the flagship Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3, and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, but is much more affordable.
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are available in three colours – black, bronze, and white – and feature 12mm drivers with AKG tuning. There are three microphones, two on the outer part of the earphones and one on the inside. It also uses Bluetooth v5.0 for connectivity, and supports the SBC, AAC, and Scalable Bluetooth codecs. The design features an outer-ear fit that allows ambient listening, while offering noise cancellation.
The case of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has a USB Type-C port for charging, while the earphones have 60mAh batteries each and the case has a 472mAh battery. The battery lifer per charge cycle is up to 29 hours, and the earphones run for up to 8 hours per charge. There is also fast charging, that offers 1 hour of playback with five minutes of charging. The earphones are IPX2 rated for water resistance, and work with Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant.
The new earphones feature Qi wireless charging for the case, touch controls, and app-based customization through the Samsung Galaxy Buds app for iOS and Galaxy Wearable app for Android. The app allows users to control the noise cancellation, adjust the equaliser settings, customise the touch controls, and view battery levels on both the earphones and the charging case.
The earphones will go on sale on August 6 in select global markets. We don’t have information on India pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy Buds as of now, but it could be revealed in the coming days.