At Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event, a slew of Galaxy products has just dropped into our laps. The company’s new noise-canceling headphones, the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro, top our list, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 and Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 smartphones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro.
Key Features of Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro
– High resolution 24-bit end-to-end audio support
– IPX7 waterproof rating
– Bi-directional driver design for 10mm woofer and 5.4mm tweeter
– Smarter noise cancellation with voice detection
– Bluetooth 5.3 with Bluetooth LE audio
– Disappointing battery life
As Samsung’s flagship headphones, the new Buds2 Pro look to take on Apple, Sennheiser, Sony and others to become the best wireless headphones on the market, featuring a full suite of advanced upgrades over the original Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. .
Of course, that means the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro will aim to steal the crown currently worn by the Apple AirPods Pro, aka the noise-canceling headphones to beat in today’s highly saturated market.
To this end, several features on Samsung’s spec sheet are near-carbon copies of those you’ll find on the AirPods Pro, including ‘360 Audio’ (which is Samsung’s attempt at Spatial Audio, as served by the AirPods Pro) and auto-switching. across devices, but Samsung doesn’t just aim to emulate here; the tech giant did even better and outperformed Apple’s current Pro headset proposal in certain areas – so we’ll explain all the cool features here.
We’ll be bringing you our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro soon, but based on the information that Samsung has now released, these latest Pro-suffixed buds are aiming high.
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro: price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is priced at $230 / £219 / AU$349 and is available to order now for launch on 26 August.
At a penny under $230, Samsung is slashing the official price of the Apple AirPods Pro wherever you live. The AirPods Pro are officially priced at $249 / £239 / AU$399 – however these days you can regularly find them for $199 / £189 / AU$349, so the Buds2 Pro doesn’t have this advantage in practice.
It’s the same story with the Sony WF-1000XM4 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, both of which are officially priced higher than the Samsung Buds2 Pro, but in practice can be found for prices cheaper than their launch price.
The inaugural Galaxy Buds Pro arrived in January 2021 priced at $199 / £219 / AU$349, so there’s a small price increase to pay over the original Galaxy Buds Pro to get a second generation. to define. Will it be worth it? Once we know, so will you…
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro: features
The highlight of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro’s spec sheet is its end-to-end 24-bit music support when used with compatible Samsung devices – otherwise known as high-res music territory. All this thanks to Bluetooth 5.3 and a new ‘Samsung Seamless Codec’.
While the full extent of this codec’s talents is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, we Does know that Samsung’s pre-existing scalable codec is capable of handling 24-bit/96kHz audio streaming, with bitrates up to 512kbps, so that’s what this new standard is based on. As such, Tidal and Apple Music’s lossless offerings (streams that can’t be enjoyed in full resolution on any AirPods so far) can, in theory, be enjoyed on the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro – leaving the sheltered Apple waiting and praying. so the AirPods Pro 2 will add similar support… whenever they arrive.
Elsewhere, auto switching between different Samsung devices you’re connected to is still supported, but it now includes your Samsung TV and Galaxy Book models. (Yes, this should work the same way as switching your AirPods to Apple TV 4K.)
As suffixed Pro headphones, you can bet that ANC is built in, and while we still don’t know if the three-mic setup on each Galaxy Buds2 Pro earbuds will promote better noise cancellation, ANC is certainly a feature here. . And we’re happy to see that a great concept from the original Galaxy Buds Pro has been retained: voice detection. Start talking to someone and the headphones will automatically switch to Ambient mode – no need to manually deploy it when starting a conversation (or ordering food, say).
Any disappointment? One: battery life. At five hours of the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro headphones alone with ANC turned on, and 18 hours in total including case juice, they aren’t breaking any records here.
The AirPods Pro officially offer 4.5 hours on the earbuds on a full charge (although we found this claim a little shy from Apple), but the AirPods Pro offer 24 hours, including the case, which is a huge improvement from six hours. compared to the toughness you can expect from the Galaxy Buds2 Pro – and few things are more irritating than putting your headphones in their case for a charge and realizing you’ll run out of music for this particular journey…
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro: design
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is 15% smaller than the original Galaxy Buds Pro, which should make it more comfortable for longer periods of time – and initially ‘s Matt Evans reported only good things about the fit levels and comfort when he was able to experience them.
There is also new ventilation inside the unit to improve airflow and reduce pressure. Of course, we will test all this under full review conditions and report back soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro features a two-way speaker design consisting of a 10mm woofer and a 5.4mm tweeter. It’s rare in true wireless headphones, though Bowers & Wilkins PI7 and Honor Earbuds 3 Pro both feature two-way designs – and both solutions looked excellent under intense review.
IPX7 waterproofing is also listed, blowing the AirPods Pro out of the water with its ‘ordinary’ IPX4 splash proof rating. To clarify: IPX7 means the headphones can actually be submerged in water to a depth of up to one meter, for up to 30 minutes, and live to play another day… impressive, although it should be noted that the inaugural Galaxy Buds Pro carried just that. IPX7 rating.
Colorways? Three, including black, white and purple bora.
Once again, we really want you to know if the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is set to become one of the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy – and when we get to our verdict on that, we can’t wait to tell you. all about it.