Samsung has released the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro at their annual Galaxy Unpacked Event which took place earlier this month. These earbuds, which are Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS), were launched alongside the next-generation Galaxy Z Series foldable smartphones. At the event, Samsung also announced the latest version of the Galaxy Watch 5 series. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have a new design and a smaller form factor.
Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has stated that the newly released Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is 15 percent smaller than its predecessor, the Galaxy Buds Pro, while still providing a secure fit. The new earbuds come equipped with coaxial two-way speakers and support 24-bit Hi-Fi audio. Samsung also announced during the launch event that the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro can run for up to 29 hours on a single charge. Also Read – Google Pixel Buds Pro TWS earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Price
The newly launched Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds launched with a price tag of USD 229.99, roughly Rs 18000 in the US markets. The TWS earbuds will go live on sale on August 26 in select countries. The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is available for pre-order in select countries. Also Read – Realme Buds Air 2 Neo, the most affordable Realme earbuds with ANC
The South Korean tech giant is offering these Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds in three distinct color options: Bora Purple, Graphite, and White. Furthermore, the day after the launch, the company also revealed India’s Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro price. Regarding the India pricing, the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds are available for Rs 17999 in India.
Introductory Offers in India
As for the availability, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is available in India via Samsung.com and all leading online and offline retail stores. Besides revealing the price details, the company also revealed some introductory launch offers for the all-new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. The South Korean tech giant confirms that interested buyers will also get a cashback of Rs 3000 on prepaid purchases from leading banks.
Furthermore, interested buyers pre-booking the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds will also be eligible for a Samsung Wireless Charger Pad purchase at a discounted price of Rs 499. For regular customers, the Samsung Wireless Charger Pad costs Rs 2999. The company also said that the customers will be eligible for up to Rs 3000 additional off on exchanging their old phones.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro specifications
The all-new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro comes with custom two-way coaxial speakers. As mentioned above, these newly launched Galaxy Buds come with 24-bit Hi-Fi audio with select Samsung Galaxy devices running on the latest Android 12-based One UI 4 and above. Moreover, these TWS earbuds also get 360-degree audio support with Direct Multi-Channel.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also gets Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) support. These TWS earbuds are equipped with three high signal-to-noise ratio microphones. The South Korean tech giant also confirms that these Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are programmed to distinguish between human voices and environmental noises.
With these features, these earbuds automatically switch to Ambient Mode when they detect speech. It will automatically reduce media volume, allowing users to have conversations without taking these earbuds out. Also Read – Realme Book Prime, Realme Buds Air 3 TWS earphone launch date in India
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro charging case packs in a 515mAh battery. At the same time, both earbuds house a 61mAh battery. Samsung claims that these Galaxy Buds2 Pro can offer up to 29 hours of music playback time with ANC off. Furthermore, it can also offer up to 15 hours of Talktime with ANC off along with the charging case.
These newly launched Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds have an IPX7 rating for dust and water resistance. Furthermore, in terms of connectivity options, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro supports Bluetooth v5.3 for wireless connectivity. They include the company’s Auto Switch feature, which allows users to easily switch between a TV connection and answering a call on a Samsung phone.
According to Samsung, these earbuds are compatible with Samsung Seamless Codec HiFi (SSC HiFi), AAC, and SBC codecs. These TWS Galaxy earbuds weigh just 5.5 grams each. Now, let’s briefly examine the all-new Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds. Also Read – OnePlus Nord Buds TWS earbuds launched in India
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Initial Impressions
With the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro launch at the Galaxy Unpacked Event 2022, we are entering a war between major players like Samsung, Apple, and Google. With its excellent audio quality, the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro will stand against the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, and other earbuds from different companies.
After multiple TWS earbuds reviews, we have seen many user-convenient features like one-touch setup, automatic device switching, head-tracking spatial audio, and many more. These features may have attracted many consumers to buy their favorite buds from a particular brand based on their pocket. But with its pricing of USD 229 in the US markets, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will be the first to offer a superior sound experience.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Unboxing
The all-new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro comes with a new updated design. By connecting the Galaxy Buds2 Pro to any Samsung Phone, we can get the wireless streaming option with 24-bit Hi-Fi audio. Different audio streaming apps like Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, and others offer lossless and high-resolution music. According to Samsung, this results in far richer audio and a better listening experience than its predecessor.
New Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro comes inside a Black themed retail square shape box packaging. On the top of the retail box, we can see the TWS Galaxy earbuds and Samsung branding embossed on the bottom half of the box. There are some important features mentioned on the rear of the retail box. On opening up the box, we get a standard quick start guide. Additionally, there is a USB-C charging cable and uniquely packed extra ear tips.
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Charging Case
These extra ear tips come in different sizes; you can replace the real ones with ear tips that perfectly fit your ears. Lastly, we get the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro inside the wireless charging case. The wireless charging case gets a matte finish to it. This Samsung Galaxy Buds charging case gets the USB Type-C port for charging and wireless charging support.
Furthermore, there is a charging status indicator right below the flap of the charging case. Inside this charging case, we get the new Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds with a completely updated design. Additionally, inside the charging case, we can also see the Sound by AKG branding.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Design
In terms of design, the newly launched Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is 15 percent smaller than the original Galaxy Buds Pro. The TWS earbuds and the charging case now have a matte soft-touch coating. I personally like this kind of design over glossy plastic. With a matte finish, the charging case remains smudge-free. Furthermore, this kind of design offers an easier grip.
The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are lighter with a 5.5-gram weight for each earbud. These Galaxy earbuds have a bigger vent on the exterior for improved airflow. With such a design, these Samsung earbuds provide a comfortable wearing experience for long hours. Furthermore, the newly launched Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also maintains the same IPX7 water resistance rating as their predecessors.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offers fantastic sound quality. With dual-driver design and AKG tuning, these Galaxy Buds can give tough competition to Apple’s AirPods Pro. In terms of sound quality, the Samsung TWS earbuds can easily surpass the excellent Google Pixel Buds Pro and other TWS like Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 3 and Sony WF-1000XM4. The newly launched TWS earbuds provide an excellent level of depth and detail. Overall, I was impressed with the wide soundstage of Samsung with these earbuds.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Features
During the launch, Samsung says the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offers wireless audio streaming at 24-bit, 48kHz over Bluetooth with its seamless codec. However, the company is still less transparent about the bitrate of that audio. For comparison, Sony’s LDAC codec has a peak speed of roughly 990kbps, which falls short of lossless CD quality. Although, Samsung does confirm that the Samsung Seamless Codec has a bitrate of up to 2304kbps, which equates to lossless, high-resolution audio.
Remember, this high-quality streaming works only with a Galaxy smartphone running on Android 8 and One UI 4.0 and above. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also sports Bluetooth LE Audio. Even though Samsung has not specified what benefits this Bluetooth version will bring. Also Read – Noise Air Buds Pro TWS earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation, 20-Hours Playtime launched; Price in India
Active Noise Cancellation
The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature works satisfactorily on the newly launched Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds. Here, you will hear what is happening around you when you are not playing music. It is possible because of the bigger air vents and extended comfort. Once you play the music, the background noise automatically fades away. Therefore, you will not notice any distractions while listening to music on the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
Samsung Voice Detect
Another feature of the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro TWS earbuds is Samsung’s Voice Detect. This feature works the same as on the Sony headphones. With this feature, the earbuds can detect whenever I speak. As it detects me speaking, the earbuds will automatically enter transparency mode, and the volume level drops for a configurable amount of time.
Other Audio Features
Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also gets Transparency Mode. This mode works quite well with these TWS earbuds. Even if these TWS does not offer the same natural-sounding quality as the Apple AirPods. The newly launched Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also gets a spatial audio feature. It shifts the soundscape as I turn from side to side. This feature offers 360-audio while watching video content.
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro also gets tap controls that pause a track while adjusting an earbud. This Tap control feature can be oversensitive at times. Unfortunately, no auto-pause feature is available on the Galaxy buds 2 Pro. It means that the audio will keep playing even if we remove one of the earbuds from our ears.
How to connect Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds?
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro TWS earbuds also work with Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app. The Samsung Galaxy Wearable app is only available for the Android platform. This app will allow users to customize sound EQ. Furthermore, this app can turn the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) on and off.
Besides these features, Samsung still lags in some categories. The newly launched Galaxy Buds 2 Pro misses the multipoint Bluetooth connectivity option, which is available on Google Pixel Buds Pro. This connectivity feature lets the TWS earbuds pair with two devices simultaneously. Although, the tech giant is offering a unique feature with its Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
This feature allows the all-new Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro to switch between Samsung branded devices automatically. These may include laptops, phones, tablets, smartwatches, etc. This feature is only convenient for users living in Samsung World. Although, it fails to provide multipoint connectivity functionality like the Google Pixel Buds Pro.
Regarding call Quality, the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro will not be my top pick. The voice quality is not up to the mark on these earbuds. These TWS earbuds are traditional in everyday use; they can get the job done. Sony’s flagship TWS and Google Pixel Buds Pro edge out the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in terms of mic quality. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 TWS earbuds with ANC, specs and price in India
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is the best wireless earbuds from the company yet. Even though the company still can’t crack the winning formula in terms of sound quality, noise cancellation, and comfort. These Galaxy Buds2 Pro offers the greatest experience when used with a Samsung device. These TWS earbuds work decently with other Android smartphones.
Although limitations with Hi-Fi audio could be a drawback point for some users, when compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is just a superior overall pair of wireless earbuds. Despite the relatively short battery life, the Buds 2 Pro provides more features and higher audio quality while remaining true to Samsung’s Galaxy Buds family.
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