One of the biggest surprises planned for Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Unpacked hardware event, which will be held in San Francisco next week, has been unveiled a little earlier than planned… thanks to arch-rival Apple.
A listing for an iPhone app designed to help sync and pair the second-generation of Samsung’s AirPod competitors, known as Samsung Galaxy Buds+, landed on the App Store earlier than planned – revealing some key details about the as-yet unannounced products. Not only has the app confirmed the existence of the Buds+ but it also reveals some details about the wireless earbuds that hadn’t been rumoured until now.
According to the iOS app, Galaxy Buds+ will only work on iPhone 7 or newer.
You’ll also need to be running iOS 10 or higher to sync with the earbuds. Included in the listing are a number of screenshots that showcase what the app can do. And the images reveal a hint at the new design. From the look of the images, the charging case will have a very similar design to the first generation earbuds.
Samsung uses a pill-shaped case that places the two earbuds side-by-side. It’s a little longer than the standard AirPods case and comparable to the carry case that comes with the Jaybird Vista. Like the first-generation Galaxy Buds, the charging case is tipped to come with the ability to recharge wirelessly on any Qi standard charging mat.
However, unlike the first-generation Buds, the Galaxy Buds+ are widely-rumoured to come with an impressive battery life. Some reports point to 12-hours on a single charge – more than enough to last an entire long-haul flight without a top-up. Unfortunately, the latest rumours suggest there will be no active noise-cancellation.
That means the Galaxy Buds+ will not be able to stand toe-to-toe with the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro, which only manages to match the original AirPods in terms of battery life – but adds the ability to tune out ambient noise using the built-in microphone.
Reports claim the Galaxy Buds+ will also be able to pair with multiple devices at once, so you won’t have to unfair the earbuds as you move between a tablet and your smartphone, for example.
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