The oddly shaped earbuds from Samsung – expected to be named the Galaxy Buds Bean – are shaping up to be much more of a direct competitor to AirPods Pro than anticipated, with new feature information leaked ahead of their official release. Bluetooth earbuds speculation began last week, with Samsung’s purported concept sketches indicating a dramatic break from the Galaxy Buds that we’ve seen so far.
Korean media sources (via SamMobile) have more ambitious plans than we had expected for their next pair of earbuds. Apparently, Samsung is targeting a price of less than $150 for these earbuds, suggesting they could end up costing even less than Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ released recently.
Nevertheless, Samsung is reportedly not skimping on features despite that size. The Galaxy Buds “bean” must, somehow, help successful noise cancellation. Regardless of the lack of silicone tips and a “one-size-fits-all” design style, it’s uncertain how well this feature could perform compared to other headphones like Apple’s AirPods Pro.
The uggested battery life is about 11 hours, which would again suit what non-ANC Galaxy Buds+ are capable of in their equivalent carry case before a recharge.
The leaked price is probably the most promising. Samsung plans to sell the Galaxy Bean earbuds in South Korea for around 170,000 won, the report says. That will come out at around $145, which is actually less than the new Galaxy Buds+ – with a sticker price of $149.99 – would bring you right in.