Samsung may release the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 sooner than expected. According to the most recent leaks, the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 may not be available at the rumoured Unpacked event in August. Instead, Samsung could release its premium TWS earbuds a month earlier.
The Buds Pro 2 is the most anticipated accessory from Samsung. The previous buds models have been a success with people, so it’s expected that Buds pro 2 will bring in more attention.
The previously available Buds pro was a hybrid of the Galaxy Buds Plus (in-ear design with silicone tips) and the open-air Galaxy Buds Live (style cues borrowed). The outer casing had a stylish combination of glossy and matte finishes, and it was redesigned to protrude less from your ear. According to Samsung, the new shell “reduced the contact area between your ear and the bud, improving comfort and minimising any clogged-up feeling.”
When will it be available? Probably August 2022
What will it cost? Approximately SGD 250
As per the latest leaks, the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 will be available in three colours: Zenith Bora Purple, Zenith Graphite, and Zenith White. The colour scheme is similar to last year’s Buds Pro, which was available in Black, Silver, and Purple.
The leak also suggests that there won’t be much difference in the design when compared to its predecessor. This means the case itself should be shaped like a small treasure chest, with a concave lid that unhinges in the middle and flips up. It’s fairly compact, which is convenient for slipping it into your pocket, and it should have a status LED on both the inside and outside of the case that changes colour depending on how much battery is left in the case.
The Buds themselves will look different from their bean-shaped forefathers. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2 should have ear-tip-equipped sound funnels.
They’re perhaps best described as a funnel because they’re fairly lengthy for earbuds, measuring just under an inch (20.8mm). The Buds, on the other hand, require all of that space for their slew of sensors, pogo pins, and microphones.
The Buds’ exterior features will have a glossy, shiny plastic coating that is touch-capacitive, as well as two additional microphones with a windshield that suppresses ambient noise when going outside. Similar to its predecessor it should come with a woofer and tweeter.
Despite their somewhat futuristic appearance, the Buds pro earbuds looked large and unpleasant because they would protrude from your ear. Wearing them to bed would be at best inconvenient, and at worst painful. Because there is no method to ‘lock’ them into your ear, they would shift regularly, requiring you to reposition them or else the seal will weaken and noise suppression will gradually reduce while you wear them. Hopefully, Samsung will fix these issues in Buds pro 2.
To help alleviate some of these concerns, Samsung did include two extra pairs of ear tips to help you obtain a better seal, which was critically necessary. Buds Pro also came with a USB-C charging cable without a head, which was part of Samsung’s effort to decrease waste. Samsung may probably follow the same move here.
Features and noise cancellation
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro’s two main selling points were active noise cancellation and IPX7 waterproofing, the highest grade for Samsung earbuds to date.
Also, Samsung’s earbuds were only IPX2 or IPX4 water-resistant. That meant they were fine for a few drops of rain or a little perspiration, but they weren’t something you’d want to have about you during a strenuous workout.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro were protected against fresh water immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of up to one metre, which means they won’t be damaged if they fall into the bathtub for a minute or if you wished to clean them under running water. It was a significant step forward for Samsung, and it competed with the top standards of competing earbuds.
Given that, Samsung is planning to retain the design, it could also mean the same features might get carried over to Buds Pro 2 too.
The three built-in microphones also should help the Galaxy Buds Pro 2 keep out noise better.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro may also offer a few Samsung-specific features like a hands-free Bixby mode that works as expected, and a Find My Earbuds feature powered by SmartThings Find.
SmartThings Find, which is featured within the SmartThings app, can display a map of where your devices are, even if they are offline and not linked to Bluetooth. That should provide you peace of mind if they are ever stolen and, at the very least, assist you in tracking them down if you forget where you left them.
Battery life and connectivity
According to the leaks, Buds Pro 2 is expected to come with a bigger battery. This battery is supposed to have a capacity of 500 mAh, which is a major increase over the 472 mAh in the original Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, implying that battery life will be increased in the current iteration.
The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro was adequate for active noise-cancelling earphones, but it was a significant decrease from the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, which gave 11 hours of playback time on a single charge. Still, you had ANC and Bixby, both of whom are power hungry.
For Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung guaranteed five hours of listening enjoyment on a single charge cycle, with the charging case providing an additional 13 hours if ANC is enabled. If you turn it off, the buds will last seven to eight hours, and the case will provide up to 20 hours of battery life. Based on this for Buds Pro 2, we should have 7 hours of listening enjoyment on a single charge cycle. The case should also provide more than 22+ hours of battery life compared to Buds Pro.
The Galaxy Buds Pro 2 will support fast charging, and with five minutes on the charger, the battery could be charged enough for one hour of listening. Fast charging occurs via the USB-C connector, however, wireless charging should also be possible, albeit slightly slower.
Our Wishlist for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2
As previously said, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro was the company’s most popular foldable to date, and it is affordable to the majority of consumers. Notably, the Galaxy Buds Pro improved on its predecessors in several ways. There is, nevertheless, a significant opportunity for development. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the obvious upgrades Samsung can make to the Galaxy Pro 2 this year to make it better earbuds than its competitors:
- Better Design:
As per the latest leaks, there is no change in design in the new Samsung Galaxy Pro 2. But we would still want some design changes as the previous model had a lot of issues concerning comfort. Samsung can get some ideas from its competitors too.
- More colours:
As of now, the leaks have suggested that the Buds Pro 2 will come in 3 colours. Ideally, Samsung should explore multiple colour schemes as studies have shown that people choose certain products based on certain colours. Hopefully, Samsung re-thinks about this and gives us more colours.
That brings us to the end of our expectations of the Samsung Galaxy Pro 2. Aside from rumours and leaks, we hope Samsung surprises us with features we aren’t aware of just yet. We understand that keeping earbuds under wraps before their official unveiling is becoming increasingly difficult, but we wouldn’t count on anyone other than Samsung to do it. We’ll continue to monitor Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2 leaks and rumours and update this page as new information becomes available. In the meantime, you can explore other earbuds which out on the market.