New York: Samsung has announced its latest pair of true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. The earbuds, whose bean-shaped design caused a stir in tech circles after leaking last month, will be available starting Thursday and cost $169.99 (approximately Rs. 12,700).
The earbuds are available in black, bronze, and white finishes.
There are three microphones (two on the outer part of the earphones and one on the inside). Like earlier Samsung Galaxy Buds true wireless earphones, the Buds Live uses Bluetooth v5.0 for connectivity, and supports the SBC, AAC, and Scalable Bluetooth codecs. The design features an outer-ear fit that is said to allow ambient listening while also offering noise cancellation.
The case of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has a USB Type-C port for charging, while the earphones have 60mAh batteries each and the case has a 472mAh battery. Up to 29 hours of battery life per charge cycle is claimed by Samsung, with the earphones alone claimed to run for up to 8 hours per charge. There is also fast charging, promising 1 hour of playback with five minutes of charging. The earphones are IPX2 rated for water resistance, and work with Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also features Qi wireless charging for the case, touch controls, and app-based customisation through the Samsung Galaxy Buds app for iOS and Galaxy Wearable app for Android. The app allows users to control the noise cancellation, adjust the equaliser settings, customise the touch controls, and view battery levels on both the earphones and the charging case.
There’s no information on India pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy Buds yet.