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The New Samsung Galaxy Buds Look a Lot Like AirPods

The New Samsung Galaxy Buds Look a Lot Like AirPods

Following a dramatic transformation, the new Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 look nothing like their predecessors. A sleek, long Apple AirPods-type stem, or a “blade” as Samsung calls it, has replaced the small bean-shaped design of past iterations of the Galaxy Buds.

At Samsung Unpacked, we saw the launch of two new earbuds: the Galaxy Buds 3 and the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro. The biggest visual and functional difference that sets them apart is that the base model has an open design, while the Pros have a canal design.

This makes the former more suitable for long-term use of the headphones, as the open design reduces ear fatigue. It’s also ideal for running or other outdoor activities when you need a bit of situational awareness alongside your music. The Pro’s canal design delivers immersive sound and blocks out ambient noise. The base model can also block out external noise, as both models offer ANC.

Another key difference is the speakers in the buds. The Pros feature two-way speakers with a planar tweeter and dual amplifiers, while the base model has a single-way speaker. This means the Pros will offer better high-frequency sound thanks to the tweeter, and the dual amplifiers will help with a clearer, more detailed soundstage.

Both new models feature a blade (or stem) that can be squeezed or slid up and down to control the device or adjust the volume. The pros take this a step further and offer blade lights, too.

Samsung claims that with Adaptive ANC and Adaptive EQ features on both models, your internal and external sound will be intelligently analysed in real time, thus providing the best listening experience wherever you are.

Both earbuds have an IP57 rating and should be water resistant. The Galaxy Buds 3 series also support wireless charging. The Galaxy Buds 3 will retail for $180, while the Pro will retail for $250. Both models come in Silver and White and are available for pre-order today and general availability on July 24.