The new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are a fresh perspective for the company, introducing an original "bean-shaped" design. As Samsung explains, the company reconfigured existing earbud designs, laying out internal components horizontally instead of vertically. That way, the earbuds don’t protrude from the user's ears, providing a more natural appearance. This ergonomic, tip-less design conforms to the shape of most ears, helping to make them comfortable enough to wear all-day - for some at least. Users can further customize the fit by applying two sizes of wingtips. The earbuds have an IPX2 water resistant rating.
Responding to the most popular features in the product category, Samsung optimized its BCM 43015 chipset in the new earbuds for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), using two outer microphones, one inner mic and a Voice Pickup Unit on each unit, allowing users to tune out distractions like passing cars and loud laundry machines, while still being able to tune into important announcements and conversations. The open ANC design reduces background noises up to 97% in low-frequency bands while letting voices and announcements be heard. Being an open (loose fit) design, that's basically what these earbuds allow. There is no total isolation mode, not even passive, since there is no ear-canal blockage. Still, these will be appreciated for users on dislike the occlusion effect and prefer loose-fit designs for additional comfort over longer hours of use.
And of course the company's Bluetooth v5.0 platform used in the Galaxy Buds Live offers a convenient and connected experience, allowing users to seamlessly switch between compatible devices with no disconnecting and reconnecting required. When paired with the latest Galaxy devices, users are able to use the new TWS earbuds as an extension, including for recording audio for video on the latest Samsung smartphones, where the Galaxy Buds Live act as a wireless microphone. Using the devices ‘Game Mode’ to reduce audio latency, users can also enjoy a more immersive gaming experience. And using the new Buds Together feature users can easily share music with friends.
For more convenient navigation, the Galaxy Buds Live feature an intuitive touch-based physical user interface, as well as Bixby voice wake-up (Samsung's own voice assistant), allowing to control music playback, open apps, and send messages hands-free. For music playback, the new earbuds support standard Bluetooth codecs plus AAC and Scalable (Samsung proprietary codec that supports 24-bit/96kHz when paired with compatible Samsung devices).
And the new Galaxy Buds Live also come with improved battery life, supporting up to 6 hours of playback with ANC activated, when fully charged, while the USB-C charging case allows an additional 15 hours over multiple charges. And when users need to top up on charge quickly, they can gain 1 hour of play time with just 5 minutes of charging. The charging case also supports Qi-certified wireless charging.
The new Galaxy Buds Live ($169.99 USD) are now available in select countries, and come in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black finishes.