Samsung releases new AKG-tuned TWS earbuds with the ANC the Galaxy Buds+ lack

The new Samsung AKG N400 TWS earbuds. (Source: Samsung)
The new Samsung AKG N400 TWS earbuds. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has launched the AKG N400, a new pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. These accessories, unlike the Galaxy Buds+, have active noise cancellation (ANC). They also hold an IP rating and different color options over the pre-existing earphones.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Many Samsung fans may have been surprised to learn that the OEM did not include ANC in the Galaxy Buds refresh developed to accompany the S20 series at its launch. This feature, as it turns out, has been reserved for a new set of accessories instead. The N400s are also TWS earphones released under the AKG audio-focused sub-brand.

These new peripherals have an IPX7 ingress-protection rating, which is also missing in the Galaxy Buds+. Their ANC does reduces the new earphones' 6-hour battery life by 1 hour, although their charging case is rated to add 12 more. This is where the Buds+ have an edge: they may support up to 11 hours' worth of playback between charges.

The N400s are, like the Buds+, capable of wireless and USB type C charging. They have 8.2mm drivers with a frequency response of 10-20000 hertz (Hz) and a 16-ohm impedance. To date, these Bluetooth 5.0 TWS earbuds are only available in South Korea, where they ship in black, silver or gold/navy for 230000 won (~$190).

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03-31 (Update: 2020-04- 1)
Deirdre O'Donnell
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