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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro True Wireless Headphones w/ Active Noise Cancellation

MSRP 200 USDNEX score 68%

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Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are premium true wireless headphones with active noise cancellation that comes with a 2-way design that separates the tweeter and woofer drivers.
Thanks to this separation, the 11mm woofers and 6.5mm tweeters are able to deliver a broader and flatter frequency response, with minimum distortion.
Using three pairs of microphones, the Galaxy Buds Pro use both feed-back and feed-forward for reducing ambient noise. At the same time, it also provides an adjustable Ambient Sound mode, affording the user the flexibility for conversations and for situational awareness whenever they desire.
Alongside the Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung unveiled at Galaxy Unpacked 2021 its latest flagship smartphones Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Comfortable in-ear fit
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent active noise canceling
Cons
  • Limited touch controls
  • Mediocre noise isolation

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Good microphone
  • Excellent call quality
Cons
  • Touch controls are frustrating
  • No SBC or AAC support
  • No aptX codec support
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Variants:
Charging Case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
61 mAh
Charging CaseBattery | Capacity
472 mAh
Colors
Phantom Violet, Phantom Black, Phantom Silver
Drivers
2-way (11mm woofer + 6.5mm tweeter)
Form Factor
In-ear true wireless headphones
Microphone
3 mics (2 outer + 1 inner)

Dimensions

Size | Depth
0.82 inch
Charging CaseSize | Depth
1.98 inch
Size | Height
0.77 inch
Charging CaseSize | Height
1.09 inch
Size | Width
0.81 inch
Charging CaseSize | Width
1.97 inch

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
Scalable (Samsung proprietary), AAC, SBC
Compatibility
Android 7.0 or higher
Fast Charging
1-hour play time / 5-minute quick charging
Noise Cancellation
ANC, cutting external background noise by up to 99%, 2 adjustable levels; 4 adjustable levels of Ambient Sound mode
Sensor
Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Hall, Touch, Voice Pickup Unit(VPU)
Weather Resistance
IPX78
Wireless Charging
Qi-certified wireless charging

Performance

Battery Life
ANC on 5 hours / Total 18 hours Play time; 4 hours / Total 14.5h Talk time | ANC off 8 hours / Total 28 hours Play time; 5 hours / Total 17.5h Talk time

Production

Debut
2021-01-15 (Galaxy Unpacked 2021)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The Galaxy Buds Pro have great audio quality, a comfy lightweight fit, and slightly better battery life than Apple's heavily praised alternatives. The buds can soak up enough juice for 30 extra minutes of playback with just a five-minute nap in their charging case. The Sony WF-1000XM3 and Apple AirPods Pro are all my favorites for loudness, comfort, and pricing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great audio quality
  • Voice detection
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Battery life could be better

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro offer very accurate output. frequency response shows a notable bump in bass reproduction. The microphone is very accurate, offering neutral output across the vocal range. At $199, they barely sneak in below two Benjamins, but they're significantly cheaper than options like the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent noise-canceling
  • Good microphone
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No aptX codec support
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
Audio passthrough works, but you can't get around the awkwardness of talking to people with it. Comfort is excellent, letting you wear them for hours on end and maximize their five-to-eight-hour battery life. The only issue with the Buds Pro design is the touch controls — which is a pretty big issue.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Touch controls aren’t customizable
  • Touch controls are frustrating

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are the active noise cancelling earbuds Samsung aficionados have been waiting for. At $199, they are $50 cheaper than the $249 AirPods Pro and $81 less than the Bose QuietComfort 35. The buds use Bluetooth 5.0 which allows you to connect to multiple devices. The ANC is powerful enough to actually put a damper on the world.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, water-resistant design
  • Powerful active noise cancelling
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Not as loud as the competition

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score 53%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
-pairing function is available exclusively only on devices that fall under Samsung's own ecosystem. Samsung has even skimped on codecs, preferring to rely on its own Scalable audio codec instead of integrating the widely used AptX. The easy user experience that marketing agencies and manufacturers love to rave about, I would rather describe as fidgety with the Galaxy Buds Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No multi-pairing
  • No IPX7 certification

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Galaxy Buds Pro use a pair of drivers in each earpiece, combining a 6.5mm tweeter with a 11mm woofer for strong treble and bass performance. The ANC circuitry is effective at blocking out lower-frequency noises like the rumble of trains, and some very consistent sounds. There's a slightly bass-heavy, sculpted sound by default, which comes through in Yes' “Roundabout”
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sculpted, sculpted sound
  • Solid battery life
  • Comfortable, flip-open case
Cons
  • No wireless charging

rtings[7]

Sentiment Score 38%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are satisfactory for neutral sound. They have an excited, V-shaped sound profile, which delivers extra thump and boom. They also have consistent bass and treble delivery and a comfortable fit. However, their ANC struggles to cut down bass-range noise like bus or plane engine rumbles.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-built design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Low leakage
  • Good noise isolation
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life
  • No volume controls by default

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have balanced sound quality that doesn't skew too sibilant in the trebles or too bloated in the bass. They are missing some clarity in the mids and highs, and have a smaller, isolated soundstage. Samsung promises five hours of listening pleasure on one cycle, after which the charging case can provide an additional 13 hours if you have ANC turned on.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Auto Switch feature
Cons
  • No built-in microphone
  • No wireless charging

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The Galaxy Buds Pro still have hands-free “Hey Bixby” capabilities. 3D audio only works on Samsung hardware, so if your Android phone is from a different brand, you lose out on it altogether. Samsung isn't extending the same level of iOS support for the Buds Plus and Buds Live.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Dolby surround sound
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing
  • Automatic switching only works on Samsung devices

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
Samsung rates battery life at 5 hours with ANC on, which is about 4 to 4.5 hours when taking high volume, streaming, and listening modes into account. The latest software update adds two performance enhancements, including improved Bixby voice wake-up response and left/right sound balance adjustment. The exceptional connectivity these buds provide cancels out the subpar call quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing
  • No multipoint technology

trustedreviews[11]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Galaxy Buds Pro are the best true wireless earbuds Samsung has made. They feature a two-way speaker setup that combines an 11mm woofer and 6.5mm tweeter. The buds come with three mics and a Voice Pickup Unit (VPU) designed to eliminate background noise. Call quality and voice recognition were solid, thanks to the ear buds’ clever mic arrangement. ANC performance is equally good – but not best in class.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful ANC
  • Excellent call quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No aptX-HD support
  • No wireless charging

whathifi[12]

Sentiment Score 41%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have a 6.5mm tweeter and 11mm mid/bass driver. Each earbud also features three mics, taking care of active noise-cancellation, call quality and voice control. An IPX7 rating is very good news, both for the more active among us and those who find they need to run their earbuds under the cold tap.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decent noise-cancellation
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Inoffensive sound

wired[13]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
At $200, these headphones undercut the similarly appointed AirPods Pro by a few tens of dollars. Samsung has implemented a quick-pairing feature that works nearly identically to Apple's iOS-exclusive pairing feature. The included USB-C port is the fastest way to charge the buds; plugging in gives them an hour of playtime in just five minutes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Dual driver array
Cons
  • Noise canceling isn’t as effective as AirPods Pro

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Samsung's Real Answer to the AirPods Pro. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/galaxy-buds-pro-review-samsungs-real-answer-to-the-air-1846065355. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: Goodbye beans, hello isolation. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro-review-1199587/. 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: I can hear clearly now. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro-review/. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review . [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro-review. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: Great sound! Looks good!. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro-review. 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/samsung/galaxy-buds-pro-truly-wireless. 2021-10-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro. 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: the right balance. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22231848/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro-review. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
11. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro. 2021-08-02. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
13. ^ Review: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/samsung-galaxy-buds-pro/. 2021-02-12. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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