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Exclusive: Samsung working on new IconX earbuds

Samsung is working on a newer version of the Gear IconX earbuds, in addition to successors to the Gear Sport and the Gear Fit 2. Our sources tell us that the 2019 IconX earbuds come with model number SM-R170 and will be available in black, white, and yellow. Interestingly, the earbuds will also have 8GB of internal storage. That’s higher than on any previous Gear-branded product, be it previous IconX models or one of the many Samsung smartwatches.

That’s all the information we have for now, so we can only speculate as to what the next IconX earbuds could offer. As with the Galaxy Watch, we can expect the new IconX to feature the Galaxy branding. Maybe Samsung will also bring AKG tuning into the mix, although that could considerably raise the price tag. But it may be a good move as far as uniformity across products is concerned, as Samsung will also be launching the Bixby-powered Galaxy Home with AKG speakers this year.

Last but not the least, we can also expect to see better battery life on the new IconX. It may not be a huge difference, though, especially when you consider the 2018 Gear IcoX (2018) already brought a significant improvement in endurance over the first iteration of the earbuds. Samsung might choose to increase the battery capacity of the charging case instead, but we can’t say anything for certain at the moment.

Would you be interested in AKG-tuned IconX earbuds from Samsung?

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Nachorl250
Nachorl250

It would be really nice if they could throw aptX Low Latency in there

Mario387
Mario387

Would be nice if you could use them independently. Have one in and one in the case, and switch when needed.

I often listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and like to be able to hear what happens around me.

ninosb
ninosb

You can do exactly that with the 2018 model IconX… one in ear and the other in the case.

Killery151
Killery151

I just bought the 2018 version (received yesterday)….
I’m so happy….😒😤

Marobaro
Marobaro

Ability to play (at least) FLAC directly from the earbuds is a must in 2019.! Period!

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I was actually about to buy the 2018 versions today. Good thing I saw this. If it doesn’t get announced next month then I’ll just get the 2018 version. I don’t have patience for Samsung.

locarno
locarno

Me too.
I bought S9+ instead wait for S10.

iwnas28
iwnas28

Samsung should make possible syncing your spotify library to the buds!
This would provide incredibe freedom of use espeacially to people who use them while training.
This would be a killer move imho, since spotify is the biggest subscription music service.
This seems more and more to happen judging from the cooperation of the two companies concerning Samsung’s smart speaker.
Personally, I didn’t buy the 2018 model cause I use spotify heavily.