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Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro true wireless earbuds are $50 cheaper than Apple’s AirPods Pro

Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Pro pack 11mm woofers for bass and 6.5mm tweeters to tackle treble, but they are more than just entertainment accessories. Thanks to an array of three microphones, a voice pickup unit (VPU) and a wind shield along with an intelligent active noise cancelling (ANC) system, the Galaxy Buds Pro are game for productivity tasks as well.

In terms of battery life, Samsung is promising up to five hours with ANC and Bixby voice wake-up active. With both of those key features on, total time including the case is 18 hours. If you disable them, the company says you can expect up to eight hours on the earbuds and 28 hours total when you factor in the case. A five-minute quick-charge session will give you an hour of listening time if you get caught in a pinch. The case is equipped with wireless charging capabilities, including Samsung’s Power Share on compatible models.

Each earbud houses a 61mAh battery while the charging case has a larger 472mAh unit. Samsung said users can expect around five hours of playback time with ANC on or up to eight hours with it off. Factoring in the extra juice the charging case can supply, these numbers climb to 18 hours and 28 hours with ANC on / off, respectively.

The buds do carry an IPX7 rating, meaning they can be submerged in up to one meter of fresh water for up to 30 minutes, the charging case is not water resistant. As such, Samsung said they are “not advised for beach or pool use.”

TM Roh, the head of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said that with the Galaxy Buds Pro, they’re “making a big statement with a small device.”

The Galaxy Buds Pro are offered in black, silver and purple and are available directly from Samsung priced at $199.99. Retails and carrier partners should have them in stock starting tomorrow

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