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It’s been a busy afternoon for Samsung as the South Korean firm held its first Galaxy Unpacked hardware event of the year, launching its all-new Galaxy S21 smartphone range with a faster, more efficient processor and improved photography skills. As well as new phones, Unpacked also saw Samsung reveal some new earbuds, dubbed Galaxy Buds Pro.
These wireless earbuds look almost identical to their predecessors, the Galaxy Buds+, however, there are some important upgrades that should improve their performance and make them sound much better. First up, and perhaps the biggest of all these upgrades, is the inclusion of intelligent Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which Samsung says not only blocks out background sound but will adapt its noise-cancellation based on what you’re doing and where you are.
Samsung boasts that its ANC can cancel out 99 percent of noise, which should mean you only hear your playlist – and not the din of everyday life.
If you want some outside sound to penetrate through to your ears, if you’re waiting to hear a train announced for example, then there are four levels of ambient sound settings.
Another bonus of this new ANC is that it can be set to instantly switch off when it hears your voice. This means you can walk into a cafe and order a cappuccino without needing to remove the buds from your ears. When Samsung believes that conversation has ended, it will flick a switch and enable ANC automatically.
Powering the audio inside the buds is an 11mm woofer and 6mm tweeter with the team at AKG offering its usual tuning to help improve what booms out them. Samsung reckons this new tech will bring balanced treble and full bass to users with the firm making a bold claim that the Buds Pro will offer its best audio experience ever.
Another nice bonus will come to anyone who makes endless calls via their earbuds with the Pro offering improved sound when on the phone. This is thanks to three microphones which pick up your vocals and windshield tech which stops interference on a blustery day.
Other features coming to the Buds Pro include instant switching between Galaxy devices – so you can be watching a movie on your tablet and then pick up your smartphone to take a call without having to dig into the Bluetooth settings.
Like all wireless earbuds, you’ll find a neat little charging case which refills things when you’re not wearing them and you’ll get a total of 18 hours music playback without needing to go near a plug.
If you are wearing them for long periods, Samsung says the Buds Pro have been designed to offer supreme levels of comfort and there’s also the highest level of water resistance in the range, (IPX7), which should mean they survive trips to the gym and the British weather.
If you fancy a pair then they come in a range of colours and are more expensive than anything Samsung has released before as they’ll cost £219 when arriving in stores later this month.
Along with the new Buds Pro, Samsung has also revealed its new Galaxy SmartTags. These mini trackers can be attached to your bag, car keys or even the pet dog and can find its location should things go missing.
Should you lose a possession that has a SmartTag attached, you can simply launch the new SmartThings Find app and see exactly where it is on an interactive map. The SmartTags price is yet to be revealed but expect more news on this soon.
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