In mid-February, Samsung launched its new range of high-end mobiles, accompanied by a new, revamped wireless headset. We must stop at the latter, as we are undoubtedly facing the direct competitor of Apple’s AirPods. In this article, we will try to analyse the main differences between these two devices, which will no doubt give rise to much discussion in the future.
Samsung is betting on a ‘light’ renewal of its headphones
With the launch of the new generation of Samsung Galaxy S phones, everyone was also expecting a completely revamped headset. But this has not been the case, as the South Korean company has opted for a renovation. That’s why this time the Galaxy Buds have earned the ‘+’ sign at the end of their name. That’s why, given their technical characteristics and the fact that they haven’t been tested in person, these headphones compete directly with Apple’s second generation AirPods.
We’ll still have to wait for a worthy competitor to be born in Samsung for the AirPods Pro. The main difference we can find, apart from the price, is that Galaxy Buds+ do not have any kind of noise cancellation. This is something that no doubt surprises many of us since we were expecting big changes in these headphones but that apparently have been locked up in a drawer to be taken out in the future.
Main technical differences Galaxy Buds+, AirPods and AirPods Pro
We have not yet had the pleasure of testing these headphones to assess the sound quality to make a comparison, but we can make a comparison at the level of technical characteristics. In the following table we have designed in a special way we can see clearly the points where there is a clear difference between the different models of headphones. Although we wanted to leave room for the AirPods Pro, we must bear in mind that these Galaxy Buds+ compete directly with the second generation AirPods.
Galaxy Buds+AirPodsAirPods ProTypeIn-earEarbudsIn-earCase size38.8 x 70 x 26.5 mm53.4×44.3×21.3 mm45.2 x 60.6 x 21.7 mmHandheld weight6.3 g4 g5.4 g¿Cancellation of
NoNoSiResistanceIPX2NoIPX4Bluetooth Connectivity 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Chip-H1H1Autonomy11 hours and 22 hours
5 hours and +24 hours
4.5 hours and +24 hours
Charging typeWireless and USB-CLightning with option
Wireless and LightningBlack, White and BlueBlack, White and BlueWhite onlyPrice139
When it comes to range, we see Apple’s headphones are a bit ahead of the game. The Galaxy Buds can hold on with the charging case for just 22 hours while the AirPods can hold on for more than 24 hours. What Samsung wins at is that with a single charge the headphones can hold for up to 11 hours but we think this is a bit unnecessary as we’ll rarely get through with a headphone on for almost half a day.
Noise cancellation, a remarkable difference
No doubt many company lovers were waiting for a headset that would finally catch up with the AirPods Pro with the active noise cancellation, but they will have to keep waiting. Samsung has decided not to launch a product with this feature for unknown reasons, although it is possible that in the future it will do so. Apart from this we see very similar characteristics, putting the focus on the resistance section, where Samsung’s headphones can get slightly wet while those from Apple do not have this feature, except for the AirPods Pro which have IPX4 protection.
Price very similar to Apple AirPods
One thing that has caught our attention is the price difference between Galaxy Buds+ and AirPods . We see a difference of about forty euros, although if we keep some of the offers we have on Amazon, we can reduce that difference to only 10 euros. This means that users have to decide what type of model they want to keep, although obviously if you are a lover of the Apple ecosystem you will keep the AirPods. You have to take into account that both AirPods and Galaxy Buds+ can be used on Android and iOS.
And you, what do you think of these new Samsung headphones?