Samsung’s Galaxy Buds lineup has been a success. After the modest launch of the Galaxy Buds two years ago, the company has upped the game by launching the Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, and the Galaxy Buds Pro. Now, the company is looking to launch the successor to the original Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds+.
The Galaxy Buds 2 (SM-R177) design has been leaked ahead of the official launch, thanks to the truly wireless earbuds’ FCC certification. The upcoming earbuds appear to have a design similar to the Galaxy Buds Pro rather than the Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds+. Even the case has a rounded square design, similar to the Galaxy Buds Pro, which means that Samsung is moving away from the older, pill-shaped case design.
The images found in the FCC certification showcase that the Galaxy Buds+ have infrared sensors for automatic wear detection and metal connectors for charging. While the upcoming truly wireless earbuds are only visible in the black color, we should expect a few more colors, going by the company’s history.
Galaxy Buds 2 could feature shorter battery life than Galaxy Buds+
Samsung tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) has mentioned on Twitter that the South Korean firm’s upcoming wireless earbuds will feature improved audio quality and “active noise reduction.” It might be the company’s way of mentioning passive noise cancellation rather than ANC (Active Noice Cancellation). The Galaxy Buds 2 features Bluetooth 5.0 with LE and Qi wireless charging (2.5W).
The upcoming earbuds feature a combined battery capacity of 120mAh (60mAh inside each earbud) and 500mAh for the case. It means that we should realistically expect lower battery life on a single charge when compared to the Galaxy Buds+ (which has an 85mAh battery inside each earbud). The Galaxy Buds+ can last 11 hours straight on a single charge, but the Galaxy Buds 2 might not last as long (unless there are power efficiency improvements).