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Exclusive: Galaxy Buds+ have a larger battery, no active noise cancellation

Update: We can now confirm that the cradle case for the Galaxy Buds+ has a 270mAh battery, slightly bigger than the 252mAh battery found in the original Galaxy Buds’ case.

Original story:

The Galaxy Buds+ will be among the products that Samsung launches at its Unpacked event next month. We have been hearing about the company’s new earbuds for a while now. It was initially rumored that they might feature active noise cancellation.

We have now received some details about the upcoming earbuds from reliable sources. The bad news first: The Galaxy Buds+ don’t come with active noise cancellation. This will certainly disappoint people who were excited about this feature.

Galaxy Buds+ won’t have active noise cancellation

Many Samsung fans believed that active noise cancellation will be a done deal for the Galaxy Buds+, particularly after Apple added the feature to the AirPods Pro. However, Samsung has decided to skip the feature for its new wireless earbuds. The company has made improvements to the overall sound quality, but the design isn’t going to be all that different from the existing model.

The original earbuds had a 58mAh battery. We’re told that the Galaxy Buds+ is going to increase that to 85mAh, allowing the earbuds to last for 12 hours on a single charge. That’s going to be a welcome improvement for those who use their Galaxy Buds religiously.

Many of our readers have said that they’re not that happy with the call quality when using the Galaxy Buds. Samsung has done something about it. The Galaxy Buds+ will have four microphones, double that of its predecessor. That should, at least in theory, make a meaningful difference. That can only be quantified once we get the earbuds in for a full review.

However, will that be enough to get customers to buy the Galaxy Buds+? It’s clear at the outset that existing Galaxy Buds owners will have little reason to upgrade. There’s just isn’t enough to justify the purchase as the original Galaxy Buds happen to be quite good. Besides, it’s quite likely that Samsung will be liberally handing out the Galaxy Buds+ as a pre-order gift with the Galaxy S20.

The Galaxy Buds+ is due to be unveiled at the Unpacked event on February 11 alongside the Galaxy S20 and the new Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone.

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JstHere4theComments
JstHere4theComments

As I sit here, leaving this comment on my galaxy s20+ with my galaxy buds+ in my ears, and my TV on with volume at 21 and I can assure you that’s plenty loud, noise cancelation is not needed for the exact reason people have already stated. The noise cancelation is practically in the galaxy buds design. Is it 100%? No but it’s better than most because they go into your ear canal and once you create that enclosure, it’s like putting ear plugs in at a noisy work environment. I’m much happier with the added ambient sound feature added… Read more »

anbk
anbk

Better sound quality n battery life are always great news. I think the galaxy buds will have a greater customer base as the flagships dont have headphone jack anymore. Adding ANC will bring the cost up and the majority of the buyers wont care about it much imo. existing galaxy buds sit deep in the ear causes some insulation. It may not be perfect as ANC but is managable. Apple refreshed airpods with some improvements and then released the airpods pro. Samsung could release an ANC version with the note series later this year

JamesDiman
JamesDiman

I understand why ANC was a big deal for the Airpods, since they just sit in the ear, not the canal like the Buds or IconX. I am still using the IconX 2018 and wear them at a cheerleader gym, which is very noisy with music and people, and I can barely hear anyone with them in my ear not playing anything. I listen to my stuff just over half volume and there is no background noise coming through. I don’t think ANC is going to make a huge improvement over the current Buds, it will help block that last… Read more »

Ogishi
Ogishi

Yeah, passive AC is decent already. What we need is latency cut-down.

london2tim
london2tim

so basically nothing major this year (either)
just well marketed non sense

should i wait for other manufacturers?

cardicek
cardicek

So it’s not worth buying or buying 🙂 Definitely not going from Buds. I agree with you.

landalezjr
landalezjr

“We’re told that the Galaxy Buds+ is going to increase that to 85mAh, allowing the earbuds to last for 12 hours on a single charge (combined with the cradle case). ”

That’s an hour less than the old model so I am pretty sure this is incorrect as the current Galaxy Buds last 6 hours plus another 7 hours from the case giving a total of 13 hours combined.

mcmice
mcmice

I understand it so that the time would be from 6h -> 12h + whatever the case gives, I wager 12h more , so they are aiming for same as airpod2