Although Samsung didn't bring a new pair of wireless earbuds at its late-July Unpacked event in Korea, the company is undoubtedly developing its next-gen Galaxy Buds for a later, unknown release. Lo and behold, a live photo of said wireless earbuds has now surfaced through the website of the Radio Research Agency (RRA) in Korea.
To our knowledge, this is the first live photo of the next-gen Samsung wireless earbuds. The product was certified by the RRA a couple of weeks ago.
The earbuds carry model number SM-R400N, but their official name has yet to be confirmed. They may or may not be called “Galaxy Buds 3,” but for convenience, we may continue calling them that for the time being, until more details emerge.
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The upcoming earbuds resemble older models more
Judging by the photo from the Radio Research Agency's website, Samsung's next earbuds won't have as round a design as newer models. They resemble the old Icon-X and the 2020 Galaxy Buds+ more than the recent Buds 2 and Buds 2 Pro. Could Samsung end up calling them “Galaxy Buds 2 Plus” instead of Galaxy Buds 3? Time will tell.
The photo suggests that these new earbuds have a matte finish rather than a glossy one. Furthermore, the lower half of the earbud almost looks like it has a rubbery coating. There's also a wing tip, which may offer a snug fit. Again, these characteristics (save for the matte paint) are found on the Galaxy Buds+ released in 2020.
That about wraps it up. There's no photo of the charging case to speak of. And there's no word on how long these new earbuds will last on a single charge or what features they might have. If you're looking to buy a new pair of earbuds and can't wait for the next-gen to hit the shelves, you can often find the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro on sale at a discount.