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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live release date, price, specs and leaks

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
(Image credit: Max Weinbach)

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are the company's next true wireless headphones, building off the instant success of the Galaxy Buds Plus while delivering a totally inventive design.

Images of a bean-shaped pair of Samsung earbuds leaked online back in March, and we believe that the legume-looking set is the Galaxy Buds X or Galaxy Buds Live, as both names are listed in a Samsung trademark for a wireless wearable headset. 

If a reliable Samsung tipster is right, the news buds are launching soon. Max Weinbach of XDA Developers recently tweeted the Buds Live icon, showing the bean-like shape.

What could give Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds Live a chance at contending with Apple’s AirPods Pro or the Google Pixel Buds 2 is rumors about advanced fitness tracking features. 

According to the Buds registration description, the beans are built "for providing a fitness guide.” Although many of the best wireless earbuds are sweat-resistant and make great workout accessories, only PowerBeats Pro and certain Jabra offerings are truly fitness-first.

A pair of exercise-oriented Galaxy Buds could satisfy Samsung smartphone users or the Galaxy Watch Active 2 wearers who have searched for a pair of sporty headphones that mesh seamlessly with their other everyday devices. 

Of course, this is all still speculation. Although Samsung has not confirmed Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds X, here’s what we know about the tentative price, release date and specs.

Samsung Galaxy Buds X latest news (July 13)

  • Evan Blass shared a couple of images of Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy Buds headphones. The pair of pictures show that the Buds Live will come in white, black, and copper color and sport a pebble-like charging case.
  • The Galaxy Buds Live colors leaked —  leaker Ishan Agarwal said the Buds will match the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 with a copper option in addition to the standard white and black ones. 
  • XDA Developers found assets in the Galaxy Wearable app that showed how the next Galaxy Buds adopt the previously leaked bean design. The assets don’t say much about the Buds X, but they do at least reveal that there are new Samsung wearables to look forward to.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live price

Like the Galaxy Buds Plus, the Galaxy Buds X or Galaxy Buds Live could cost about $150 and undercut the price of competing wireless headphones made by Apple and Google. On the other hand, the Buds X could become the AirPods Pro of its respective lineup, offering features like active noise cancellation at a premium.

Most rumors now point to the Buds being priced at under $150, though. It’s possible the flush, in-ear design provides a degree of noise blocking without actually having ANC, keeping the price more affordable than most wireless earbuds right now.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live release date

According to LetsGoDigital, Samsung's new wireless Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (Galaxy Buds X) earphones could launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series and Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 during a late summer Unpacked event. 

WinFuture reported that as of early April Galaxy Buds Live is still in the testing phase. The headphones would need to enter production soon to achieve an August launch, although it’s possible that global manufacturing delays have pushed the planned release date back.

However, we've also heard the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live would launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 in July. A leaker has tipped July 22 for the Watch 3 release, so we could learn more about the Buds Live in a few weeks, too.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live specs and fitness features

Galaxy Buds X specs we know so far regard the rumored fitness features. The trademark registration describes, “earsets incorporating a sensor for detecting whether the earset is on or off; wireless earsets incorporating software for providing a fitness guide; wireless earsets incorporating software for measuring distance, speed, time, changes in heart rate, activity level, calories burned; earphones."

As with its current models, we expect that the Galaxy Buds X will sport touch controls (though we found them to be a bit too sensitive in our Galaxy Buds Plus review), and at least 10 hours of battery life. 

We’ll update this story as we learn more about the Galaxy Buds X. If the Buds X are truly slated to launch next season, we should see leaks start to ramp up soon.