Wireless EarPods have come a long way since their inception. They were practically invisible until Apple brought in their own version; the AirPods. And ever since then, we’ve seen a lot new iterations from different companies that were pretty decent but still couldn’t live up to apple’s standards. Samsung managed to launch their iteration in the form of Galaxy Buds but they did leave a lot of the voids unfilled. In order to fill those voids, Samsung has come forth with an improved variant, the Buds+.
The Buds+ were launched in the international market on the 14th of February. Unexpectedly, the Buds+ managed to arrive in Nepal a little earlier and has been available since the past week for Rs 17,000!
Externally, the buds are identical to one another and this it may seem like there’s no point to the new Buds+ at all. But, there’s a lot more that meets the eye. So, let’s have a look at the differentiating factors then,
The partnership with Spotify is definitely an improvement that most will enjoy. With this particular partnership, you are offered a more personalized playlist; which you can browse through to your heart’s content. Additionally, the Galaxy Buds+ have introduced a touch gesture that will allow users to launch Spotify by pressing and holding the touch pad.
Still No Active Noise Cancellations, but the sounds are much better!
The Buds+ pack in double the number of speakers as compared to its forerunner. The Tweeter and Woofer setup underneath the buds is a creative engineering aspect that produces great audio output. This system is tuned by AKG and it reproduces impressive sounds with minimal distortions while having slight elevations in bass as well.The buds come with spare ear and wing tips which have further improved isolations. But the buds still do not feature Active Noise Cancellations, which most of us were expecting to see as they were implemented in AirPods as well.
For microphone, the buds come equipped with a three-microphone array: two outer and one inner microphone. The two outer microphones focus on your voice while combating ambient noise.
The Battery is Monstrous though!
Probably, the biggest update this time around is the incremented battery size of the individual buds. Each bud come with an 85mAh battery capacity compared to the measly 58mAh of its predecessor. We did have some rumors earlier stating the Buds + would be encasing a 300mAh. Sadly, it’s not quite up to the mark but its close though. The case encompasses a 270mAh battery capacity in its case.
Apparently, the company claims the Buds+ provides 11 hours of playback time. Add another 11 hours to it and that’s the combined capacity of the buds with the case. What’s more exciting is that the buds support wireless charging and wireless power-sharing!
Samsung Buds + Specifications
- Dimension (Buds+): 90 x 0.69 x 0.75 inches (H x W x D); 6.3 grams; Each
- Dimension (Charging Case): 53 x 2.75 x 1.04 inches (H x W x D): 39.6 grams
- Sensors: Accelerometer, IR, Hall, Touch
- Audio: Adaptive 3-mic system (2 outer mics & 1 inner mic), 2-way dynamic speaker (Woofer + Tweeter); Scalable, ACC, SBC audio codec
- Controls:Single tap to play/pause; Double tap to skip the track or answer a call; Customizable touch & hold command or play recommended music from Spotify
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- Battery: 85mAh (each bud); 270mAh (case); Up to 11 hours of playtime (with Case up to 22 hours)
- Charging: USB Type-C, Qi Wireless charging (Power Share); 3 minutes charging = 1-hour playtime
Samsung Buds+ Price in Nepal: Rs 17,000
So, at almost half the price, can the Buds+ put the AirPods Pro to a shame?
The Buds+ are pretty decent wireless devices that mostly fill up the small voids present in their forerunner. In terms of isolation, battery and audio quality, the Buds+ have managed to hit the sweet spot; which make them a decent option when put against the AirPods Pro.
However, that definitely does not mean that the Buds+ are better than the AirPods Pro. With dedicated Active Noise Cancellation and an advanced DSP to adjust the sound based on measurements of external noise, the AirPods Pro at least 2-3 steps ahead of the Buds+. But then again, the price comes in to consideration as well. And when that’s considered, there’s no doubt that Buds+ are a better choice.
Now then, what are your thoughts on the Buds+? Do let us know in the comments down below.