Responding to complaints from last year’s model, this year’s buds have an 85 mAh battery, capable of playing for a solid 11 hours on a charge — nearly double the playtime of the original Galaxy Buds.
Meanwhile, the charging case holds enough power for roughly another 11 hours, and can be charged via USB-C or Qi wireless charging. If you run low on battery, a three-minute charge in the case will give you 60 minutes of playtime. You can also wirelessly charge the Buds+ case, a feature that comes in handy with Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare feature that lets you use your current Galaxy phone as a wireless charging pad.
Samsung has once again partnered with AKG to give this year’s buds their high quality sound signature, placing two speakers — a tweeter and a woofer — in each bud which should help deliver rich bass tones. As has become standard for wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Plus feature adjustable levels of noise cancellation powered by three microphones.
Each bud also features a touchpad allowing quick access to media controls as well as invoking your phone’s voice assistant. This touchpad is also the most visible portion of the Galaxy Buds Plus, making the color you purchase a surprisingly important factor with options including Black, White, and Cloud Blue.
There’s also now a shortcut for quickly launching Spotify on your phone: you just press and hold the left earbud to start listening to the popular music streaming app.
One feature Samsung hasn’t brought to its latest earbuds is active noise cancellation. While that’s the headlining perk of the AirPods Pro (and other options like Sony’s 1000X earbuds), Samsung isn’t alone in deciding against it. It no doubt helps the Galaxy Buds Plus hit their substantially lower price point.
The Red and Pink colors are now available in South Korea and priced the same as the original three colours, 17,300 won. Customers can purchase the Pink variant from Samsung’s official Korean website, Samsung Digital Plaza, Hi-Mart and 11th Street. The Red variant, in counterpart, is exclusively sold through Korea Telecom.
At the time of publishing, it is unknown whether the two new colours will be launched globally.