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Samsung is working on a newer version of the Gear IconX earbuds, in addition to successors to the Gear Sport and the Gear Fit 2.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.
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