Samsung is hosting an event next week where we expect a bunch of mobile devices to be introduced - three Galaxy S20 smartphones, the foldable Galaxy Z Flip, and the updated Galaxy Buds+. Today Evan Blass posted a leaked specs sheet on Twitter, revealing the new earphones will have better battery life for just $20 more - the retail price will be $149.
The earbuds and the charging case will keep their dimensions, although the Buds+ are expected to be 10% heavier - 6.3 grams per bud. The power cells on the inside will hold greater capacity, leading to almost doubling playtime on a single charge.
The current Galaxy Buds, which we reviewed, support only a single-device connection and have two mics - one outer and one inner and they really aren't doing a decent job on providing crisp in-call experience. The Buds+ appear to have two outer microphones, and hopefully, they will be able to allow proper conversations without sounding too echo-y and distorted.
The specs sheet also confirms there won't be active noise cancellation - you have to rely on the tight fit of the earbud to isolate surrounding sound. Since there is no change in size, we do not expect a massive improvement in sound quality when music is played, although the Galaxy Buds provided a great audio experience for its price, and the Galaxy Buds+ are likely to be at least as good.
The Galaxy Buds+ app already went live at the iOS Store, and we know some pre-orders of the Galaxy S20 phones will come with the earbuds in a bundle. The new model will cost €170 is Europe. We'll have to wait for the official announcement next week for availability details, though.
I have a pair that does 15hrs, though I don't really use them. Nonetheless, this is excellent battery life. The sound quality on the galaxy buds are not great so I'm more interested in how the sound has improved. Until then, I'll stick with Jabra.
I would like to know if these new buds will support aptx-ll, those specs do no mention supported codecs.