What you need to know
- The first images of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 have emerged from FCC documents.
- Images show a design that's strikingly similar to the Galaxy Buds Pro.
- The Galaxy Buds 2 are expected to launch later this year along with a bevy of new Samsung products.
Images of Samsung's next earbuds have leaked for the first time thanks to an FCC document spotted by AllAboutSamsung. The images unveil a design that looks smaller and sleeker than Samsung's earlier models.
These new earbuds appear to adopt a similar design as the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, which are currently some of the best wireless earbuds on the market. It's expected that these will be aimed positioned as a successor to the original Galaxy Buds launched in 2019. This would likely position them at a lower price point than the flagship Buds Pro, offering a more stylish option for users that don't want to break the bank for a good audio experience.
As far as audio goes, leaker Ice Universe has chimed in, stating that the Galaxy Buds 2 will feature ANC, which is a must-have for good earbuds.
Not much else has been revealed about the upcoming earbuds, although the included FCC label from the charging case does reveal a similar power output of the current flagship buds. Based on the battery rating, we shouldn't expect the Buds 2 to match the Buds+ as far as single-charge battery life goes.
Samsung isn't the only company preparing to launch new earbuds. The rumored Google Pixel Buds A Series are also expected to launch later this year as a cheaper alternative to last year's Pixel Buds (2020). Leaks of the Sony WF-1000XM4 show that Sony is also looking to downsize its flagship offering with a design that's not too far off from the Galaxy Buds Pro.
Now that the Galaxy Buds 2 have appeared at the FCC, it suggests it's only a matter of time before they launch. We expect Samsung to unveil the new earbuds at the next Galaxy Unpacked event later this year, along with the rumored Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Wear OS-toting Galaxy Watch 4, and much more.
The best of the best
Good audio, sleek design.
The Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung's best wireless earbuds to date, offering a sleek design, active noise cancellation, and respectable battery life. Whether or not you own a Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy Buds Pro should offer great value for anyone.
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