As always, Samsung promotes call quality. The company has equipped the Galaxy Buds Pro with a Voice Pickup Unit (VPU) that separates unwanted sounds using the combination of these three mics and an accelerometer. One of the external microphones is also configured with a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which should result in a clearer voice while background noise is kept to a minimum. Samsung’s Wind Shield technology features a mesh-covered chamber that the company says filters out any wind interference, improving calls from the great outdoors. Sure, many headset manufacturers make big claims about call performance, but ultimately fall short of expectations. So we’ll have to wait and see Samsung’s pricing during a full review.
In terms of audio, the Galaxy Buds Pro includes an 11mm woofer for deeper bass and a 6.5mm tweeter which Samsung says delivers crisp highs with little distortion. The result is what the company calls “the most complete sound in the Galaxy Buds line to date”. With 360 audio tuning, Samsung uses Dolby Head Tracking on the Galaxy Buds Pro for “multi-dimensional sound” that mimics a surround sound setup. The function allows you to “feel” the direction of the sound – something that looks like Apple’s Spatial audio on the AirPods Pro. 360 Audio is available on Galaxy phones and tablets and you can turn it off at any time in the Galaxy Wearable app. Samsung also notes that “the availability of the feature may vary by device and application.”
The Galaxy Buds Pro also offers multi-mic recording. You can use a connected Galaxy phone to capture ambient sound or record a video while the headphones capture voices. This tool works with Samsung’s Camera app, which allows you to adjust audio input levels in real time.
For added convenience, Galaxy Buds Pro will automatically switch between Galaxy devices. This means that if you watch a movie on your tablet and receive a call, the headphones will switch to your phone when you answer. As soon as the call is over, the headphones return to your tablet so you can continue the movie. Samsung has also enabled a low latency gaming mode and Microsoft Swift Pair easily connects headphones with a Windows 10 PC. Of course, hands-free access to Samsung’s voice assistant is only a “Hi Bixby” away. “.
If you are looking for a workout companion, the Galaxy Buds Pro are rated IPX7 – the highest water resistance in the Galaxy Buds line to date. This number means that you can submerge them completely in water (up to one meter) for up to 30 minutes without any lasting damage. And if you misplace one or both earbuds while you’re on the move (or at home), SmartThings Find can help you locate either, even if they’re out of Bluetooth range.
Unlike the Galaxy Buds +, there’s no deep integration with iOS this time around. Galaxy Buds Pro features will not be available in a companion app for these devices like they were on this previous model. You can still use the headphones with your iPhone or iPad, but the ANC and ambient sound settings you have active will be what affects those devices. To make changes you will need to go back to the Galaxy Wearable app on a Samsung device.
In terms of battery life, Samsung promises up to five hours with the ANC and Bixby voice alarm clock active. With these two key features enabled, the total time including the case is 18 hours. If you turn them off, the company says you can expect up to eight hours on the headphones and 28 hours total when you factor in the case. A five minute quick charge session will give you an hour of listening if you get caught in a pinch. The case is equipped with wireless charging capabilities, including Samsung Power Share on compatible models.
the Galaxy Buds Pro are available today for $ 200 in three colors: black, silver and purple. In typical Samsung fashion, the three shades correspond to the new S21 models. You can buy the headphones today directly from Samsung, but other retailers and mobile carriers will start selling them tomorrow, January 15.