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Samsung hinted last week it was ready to unveil new earbuds alongside its fall lineup of smartphones. The company finally took the wraps off its AirPods competitor, the Galaxy Buds Live, and they are unique, to say the least.
The most striking feature of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live is the outward design of the earbuds. The earbuds have a kidney-bean shape with a super glossy outer exterior.
There’s a contrasting matte finish on the interior portion that sits inside your ear.
The earbuds even have a vent for airflow to keep your ears cool. A multi-tasker, this same vent allows you to hear ambient sounds when noise cancellation is turned off.
Speaking of noise cancellation, the Galaxy Buds Live offers active noise cancellation to block out sounds in your environment much like Apple’s AirPods Pro.
Like most new earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live can use voice control to interact with your phone. If you have a Samsung phone, you can summon the voice assistant by merely saying, “Hi Bixby.”
You also can bring up Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android by tapping the earbuds.
Other features of the Galaxy Buds Live include 12mm speakers and eight hours of battery life, which beats the 4.5 hours offered by Apple’s AirPods Pro.
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live also connects to a phone or tablet via Bluetooth 5.0 and can use either USB-C or Qi wireless for charging.
Another major differentiator between the Galaxy Buds Live and Apple’s AirPods Pro is the price. The Samsung earbuds will go on sale this week with a manufacturer suggested retail price of $169. That’s $80 less than Apple’s AirPods Pro.
Price-wise, the Galaxy Buds Live falls in between Apple’s AirPods with wireless charging and its wired version, costing $10 more than the wired AirPods and $30 less than the wireless version. For this price tag, you get active noise cancellation in the Samsung earbuds, which is a feature Apple only includes on its AirPods Pro model.