The Samsung Galaxy Buds Price In India is Rs 9,990 and will be available via online and offline channels starting March 6, which is also when the Galaxy S10 phones – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e will begin being shipped. The customers who are buying the Galaxy S10 smartphones will get the Galaxy Buds on an offer. The Galaxy Buds will be bundled with the Galaxy S10 phones for Rs 2,999, down from the original price.
The Galaxy Buds come in three colours – Black, White, and an all-new Yellow colour, which has not been released for India as of now.
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For the specifications, the Galaxy Buds come with an ergonomic design, which Samsung says, is 30 per cent smaller than the IconX earbuds. There is one 5.8pi dynamic driver packed inside each earbud. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are powered by AKG, which the company claims, will offer premium sound. Moreover, the Galaxy Buds are entirely wireless and need the case for charging.
There is a feature called Enhanced Ambient Sound incorporated into the Galaxy Buds that will let the user listen to the sounds coming from the surroundings. This feature was also available on the IconX, to recall. But what has changed this time are the microphones – Galaxy Buds have Adaptive Dual Microphone that essentially makes the use of one inner microphone and one outer microphone for loud environments to deliver a clear sound of voice on calls, as well as ensure isolated music, the company says.
Samsung says that Galaxy Buds can offer a battery life (58mAh on each) that lasts a day including up to six hours of streaming over Bluetooth and up to five hours of calls. The charging case of the Galaxy Buds carries the power of up to seven hours with a 252mAh battery additionally before they are needed to be plugged into main power source. The Galaxy Buds support wireless charging, as well as the wired one, and Samsung claims that they can offer 1.7 hours of battery on 15-minute of quick charge.
Bixby has now been integrated at the core of the Galaxy Buds to let the users perform nearly all the tasks omitting the need to pick the phone up. Bixby now speaks British English, Spanish, German, and Italian, Samsung says. The Galaxy Buds can be paired over Bluetooth with devices running Android 5.0 or higher, Samsung says. However, they are likely to support music-streaming over Bluetooth with Windows laptops, Macs, and iOS devices as well.
Samsung Galaxy Buds are now available as a part of the pre-bookings for Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e in India
Samsung announced the Galaxy Buds alongside the fresh Galaxy S series flagships at the Unpacked 2019. The Galaxy Buds are a makeover to the IconX wireless buds that were launched as Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods. The design is more comfortable than the prequels while the functionalities have also been improved. The Galaxy Buds come with adaptive microphones, as well as better Bixby integration, but that’s not what Samsung thinks is the best part. The Galaxy Buds support wireless charging and can be charged via Galaxy S10 using the new Wireless PowerShare feature.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Review
The much-anticipated ‘bean’ shaped Galaxy Buds Live feature ANCHIGHLIGHTS
- The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live features a unique new design
- Even without a proper in-canal fit, active noise cancellation works well
- There is support for the SBC, AAC, and Scalable Bluetooth codecs
True wireless earphones have come a long way in a short time, and premium options today have overall battery life that rivals that of full-size headphones, along with features such as active noise cancellation. Today’s premium options such as the Apple AirPods Pro and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 offer effective noise cancellation and great sound quality, but are definitely priced on the higher side at Rs. 25,000.
A little late to the game, Samsung recently launched its latest true wireless earphones, the Galaxy Buds Live. The first true wireless earphones from the brand to feature active noise cancellation, the Galaxy Buds Live is also considerably more affordable than competition from Apple, Sennheiser and Sony, at Rs. 14,990. Another rather unique aspect of these earphones is the design. The bean-shaped earpieces are eye-catching, but is this radical new style effective for everyday listening and active noise cancellation? Find out everything you need to know about these earphones in our review.
The Galaxy Buds Live earpieces have a radical design that looks quite interesting
The earpieces really do look like beans
When early leaks and rumours suggested that Samsung’s next true wireless earphones would look like beans, a lot of people (including me) scoffed at the idea, and thought it was too ridiculous to implement in a production-scale headset. Those rumours turned out to be true though, and the Galaxy Buds Live earpieces do in fact resemble beans. This might appear to be an odd shape at first glance, but they actually sit quite well in the ears, and look elegant when in place.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is available in three colours – black, bronze, and white, matching the company’s latest flagship phones, tablets, and wearables – and all have a glossy, reflective finish. The black of my review unit is, in my opinion, the best looking of the three, although many might like the more unusual bronze colour option.
Whatever colour you pick, you get a matching charging case. which is compact, glossy, and features USB Type-C fast charging as well as Qi wireless charging. The earpieces latch into place in the case magnetically, and a small indicator light tells you the approximate battery level of the case. You can see the exact battery level of the case using the Galaxy Wear app, but more on that later.
It’s hard to imagine functional active noise cancellation on earphones with anything short of a proper in-canal fit, so I was definitely curious to see how ANC would work with the unique design of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. There is a specific way to insert the earphones, which is described through a short tutorial graphic in the Galaxy Wear app. Putting the earphones on the correct way ensured better passive noise isolation than with earphones designed for an outer-ear fit, but it didn’t quite come close to what a good pair of in-canal earphones can offer.
Although a bit tight in my ears, the fit of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live was very secure
The fit was a bit tight in my ears, and I needed to take the earphones out every 30-45 minutes just to relieve the pressure a bit. There are rubber buffers on the upper part of the earphones that prevent the hard parts from touching your outer ears, which is a useful touch in my opinion. Fortunately, it’s a very secure fit, and the earpieces are unlikely to fall out even with heavy movement and activity.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has touch sensors on the upper parts of the earpieces, and simple taps control various functions. A single tap plays or pauses music, a double-tap skips to the next track or answers and ends calls, and a triple-tap skips to the previous track.
The long-press function can be customised using the Galaxy Wear app to either control active noise cancellation, invoke the default voice assistant on your smartphone, quickly launch and play music from Spotify, or control the volume (left for volume down, right for volume up). By default, this also declines calls if used when your phone is ringing. You can also deactivate the touch sensors altogether if you choose. It’s a good set of controls, and the customisability of the long-press function is something I found particularly useful.
The Samsung Galaxy Wear app supports the Buds Live, with some options and settings similar to what we saw with the Galaxy Buds+. The big difference is a switch for active noise cancellation.
Other useful features in the app include graphical battery indicators for each earphone individually and the case (the latter is visible only when the earphones are in the case with the lid open), and equaliser settings. You can also activate an experimental ambient sound mode, update the firmware, and more. The app is excellent as before, offering just the right number of controls without being too complicated.
The charging case has a USB Type-C port, and also supports Qi wireless charging
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live uses Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, and supports the SBC, AAC, and Samsung’s proprietary Scalable codecs. The earpieces weigh 5.6g each, while the case weighs around 42g. I was able to use the earpieces of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live for around 5 hours, 30 minutes on a single full charge with active noise cancellation enabled much of the time. The case was able to recharge the earphones just under thrice over, for a total battery life of around 20 hours per charge cycle.
Average active noise cancellation on the Galaxy Buds Live
Samsung’s true wireless earphones leading up to the Galaxy Buds+ have largely been good, but with the Galaxy Buds Live, the company seems to have taken a small step backwards. Although sound quality isn’t bad, and the Scalable codec does help to get a bit more out of these earphones, the overall usage and listening experience was underwhelming, in my opinion.
I used the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live primarily with a OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition using the AAC Bluetooth codec, but also tested these earphones with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 which supports the Scalable codec, and with an Apple MacBook Air for videos and calls using the AAC codec.
As I usually do these days, I started the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live off with Tidal Masters, listening to Chunky by Bruno Mars. This lively track started off feeling wholesome and exciting, but it revealed some flaws in the sonic signature and began to feel a bit shrill when the track got busy. The sound wasn’t particularly clean, and it often felt as though too much was going on for the Galaxy Buds Live to keep pace with.