Galaxy Buds+ with active noise-cancelling and larger batteries coming soon
The true wireless active noise cancelling headphone market has been cracked open by the launch of the Apple AirPods Pro and it doesn’t look like Samsung will be far behind with the launch of its competing product. Rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, filings for regulatory approval have hit the FCC suggesting a launch early in the new year is on the cards. Also revealed in the filing is an indication that Samsung might also go as far as tripling the battery capacity of the new model.
Samsung’s current Galaxy Buds have received generally positive reviews. Reviewers have praised their ability to deliver up to 6 hours of battery life on the go with an additional 7 hours or so of charge provided by the case. Each ear bud contains a 58 mAh battery with the case offering additional capacity of 252 mAh. The FCC filing suggests the noise cancelling variants of each bud could pick up batteries up to 150 mAh in size with the case housing a 600 mAh battery, although this is subject to change.
The increase in battery size isn’t necessarily going to deliver longer battery life, however, as active noise cancellation will consume substantially more battery power. It will also carry a weight penalty, which could be significant as the existing Galaxy Buds already weigh in at 6 grams each. Although not especially heavy, they do already weigh in more than Apple’s AirPods Pro which weigh in at a just 5.4 grams each. Finders crossed the Galaxy Buds+ can offer more than the AirPods Pro battery life of 4.5 hours to compensate for the likely extra weight.