What you need to know
- The Galaxy Buds+ will be only a modest spec bump over the last generation according to newly leaked information.
- The earbuds include a larger battery, with shorter charging times.
- They also include an additional mic.
If you're planning on preordering a Galaxy S20+ or S20 Ultra, Samsung will give you a pair of Galaxy Buds+ for free. However, if the latest specs sheet leaked by the venerable Evan Blass is to be believed, they may not be all that big of an upgrade over last year's Galaxy Buds.
The leaked spec sheet largely confirms previous rumors about the upcoming refresh from Samsung. It also includes a helpful comparison to the Galaxy Buds. Based on the above, it seems the only real changes between the two relate to the battery and the mic setup.
The Buds+ feature an 85mAh battery inside the earbuds themselves, plus an additional 270mAh in the case, compared to the Buds' combo of 58mAh and 252mAh, respectively. The larger cells are probably also why the Buds+ are slightly heavier, coming in at 6.3g to the Buds' 5.6g.
In addition to their larger capacity, the batteries on the Buds+ are also faster to charge, with Samsung promising 60 minutes of playtime with three minutes of charge. The Galaxy Buds, on the other hand, can only muster 20 minutes of playback in a similar timeframe.
In terms of audio, the speaker on the Buds+ feature 2-way dynamic audio, with both a woofer and a tweeter. The Buds only have one-way audio, in comparison. The newer model also has double the number of external mics.
Both models sport Bluetooth 5, but the Buds+ are capable of multi-device connections, indicating they're likely using the new LE Audio format for Bluetooth. The two are virtually identical in every other respect.
Actually this is a pretty good upgrade
A little bit disappointed that it doesn’t have ANC, but still these have my interest due to the additional mics (as the call quality on the original Buds is suspect at best and ugly at other times), the battery life and the multi-device connection. I still wish it had the swipe capabilities of the IconX, as I could tap to pause/play, hold for Google and swipe up or down for volume. With the Buds (and looks like the Buds+), there is no swipe and you have to choose between an assistant or volume control with the ‘hold’.
If it ain't broke don't fix it. I'd consider upgrading just because if they make them available in yellow, but i won't swap my yellow buds for black buds+.
As a owner of the current buds I am actually thinking that I want to upgrade after reading this. Honestly the only issues I ever had with my buds (that I use almost daily) are fixed on the new plus model. The mics were terrible and they were useless for calls, they couldn't connect to my laptop and phone at the same time causing me to always switch back and forth which was a pain and the battery life was OK, not great just ok. Before reading this I had not planned on upgrading but now I think I will be upgrading.
Same here. I love my Galaxy Buds except for the call quality. I have to almost shout for the other person to hear me, which is extremely annoying when others are standing nearby. Hopefully the extra mic will fix that. And a larger battery is always a welcome feature.
I love my Samsung ear buds. I'm glad they're keeping the same slick design and competitive price. If the call quality is improve with the two mics now, I will definitely look into upgrading.
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