Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro announced with Intelligent ANC and improved sound

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Samsung has revealed The Galaxy Buds Pro at its January Unpacked Event, alongside new Galaxy S21 smartphones. 

The Galaxy Buds Pro have a price of £219/€229. That’s a bit more than the Buds Live went for, but not too much and much less than most premium wireless earbuds tend to go for, with the likes of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, Apple AirPods Pro and Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 going for £249, £249 and £279 comparatively.

The new Galaxy earbuds look more traditional than the Buds Live did. We hope it works given that while the Buds Live fit was comfortable enough, the design didn’t help the earbud’s noise cancelling performance. Hopefully the more traditional look will aid the bud’s noise-isolating design. They’ll arrive in three colours too: phantom violet, white and black.

The Galaxy Buds Pro IP rating has shot up to IPX7, which means it’s fully waterproof, and can survive being submerged into a body of water of up to 3ft. Surviving water and sweat should be no problem for these earbuds.

There will be active noise cancellation on board. Samsung describes it as “intelligent ANC”, removing around 99% of noise. It’s adaptable too, and includes an Ambient Sound Mode, so listeners can hear what’s around them without taking the earbuds out.

Battery life is down to around five hours, with the total battery life including the case only 18 hours. That’s less than what the Buds Live offered.

Other features that Buds Pro have include a ‘Find your headphones’ feature in SmartThings Find. There’s also an equaliser for changing the headphones sound profile (Normal, Bass Boost, Soft, Dynamic, Clear and Treble Boost).

With the Voice Pick Unit feature, the earbuds can detect your voice, turn on Ambient Sound Mode and reduce the volume of any media you’re listening to to make it easier to hear the other person. If you feel like you’ve missed a favourite bit of your music, there’s skip back function so you can listen to it again. You can also set the timescale for when the conversation is over and playback resumes (5, 10 or 15 seconds), which sounds a lot like the Speak-to-Chat feature on Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones.

When will they go on sale? January 29th, but you can pre-order them from today (January 14th)

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