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The 2021 Samsung Galaxy Buds will be the most expensive yet: new leak

The Galaxy Buds Pro leak again. (Source: Twitter)
The Galaxy Buds Pro leak again. (Source: Twitter)
Samsung is slated to launch the Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the S21 series in January 2021. According to their latest leak, they will have improved active noise cancellation (ANC) and ingress-protection compared to the Buds Live. However, they may also be the costliest of their series yet.
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Should all the rumors surrounding these devices prove true, Samsung is now not far away from the launch of its Galaxy S21 series and Buds Pro TWS earbuds. The latter is said to have ANC - like their predecessors the Buds Live - even though they will return to the OEM's 'popcorn' form-factor. Their latest leak might explain how it intends to cram the tech necessary for the on-trend feature into that shape.

This one comes courtesy of the tipster Walking Cat. This Twitter account has posted images that might outline the Buds Pros' advantages over their former generations. They begin with "Intelligent Active Noise Control", a name that might be intended to differentiate from the ANC found in the Buds Live.

It is apparently based on a 3-mic system and a 2-way speaker (whereas older Galaxy Buds only have a 1-way spec). The Pros may also support multi-step ANC, as well as "Conversation" and "Ambient Sound" modes. They may also upgrade to IPX7 water- and dust-resistance (as opposed to the IPX2 of the past) and get a new handy widget within One UI.

Then again, they are slated to remain saddled with Bixby as an always-on assistant. This may have contributed to its reduced battery life: the new leaked infographic puts it at 4.5 hours of talk-time, compared to 5.5 in the Buds Live and 7.5 in the Buds+.

This on-time is now said to sustain an 11 millimeter (mm) woofer and 6.5mm tweeter packed into each Bud Pro. This driver combo may be rated for "immersive" sound with "Spatial" Audio. Finally, none of these new updates come cheap: Walking Cat's new images state that they will cost US$199 - $30 more than the Buds Live at launch, and $50 more than the Buds+ on their own debut.

The new Galaxy Buds Pro leak in full. (Source: Twitter)
The new Galaxy Buds Pro leak in full. (Source: Twitter)

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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12-24 (Update: 2020-12-24)