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Galaxy Buds X could be Samsung's AirPods Pro killer

Galaxy Buds X is Samsung's AirPods Pro killer
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Samsung Galaxy Buds X could be the company's next truly wireless earbuds project, following up the excellent Galaxy Buds Plus that debuted earlier this year.

According to LetsGoDigital (via Digital Trends), Samsung filed a trademark registration this week for a wireless wearable headset called Galaxy Buds X. The Buds X appear to be workout-focused, with the description saying it supports software "for providing a fitness guide," and  "for measuring distance, speed, time, changes in heart rate, activity level, calories burned."

As noted in our Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review, Samsung's AirPods rivals already offered a secure fit. But with a new pair designed with workouts in mind, we could see some design changes that guarantee the Buds X won't topple out of place on a run. 

If that's the case, the AirPods Pro might be put on notice. At least for non-iPhone owners. As some of the best headphones right now, the AirPods Pro passed our workout test with flying colors. 

The Galaxy Buds X will likely look to up the ante, especially with AirPods 3 on the horizon. As the Buds Plus are still fairly new, and a fairly affordable $150, the Buds X could be the 'Pro' version (perhaps with active noise cancellation?) Galaxy smartphone owners have been waiting for. 

It's also quite possible that the Buds X are actually the Samsung bean earbuds that leaked earlier this month. Earlier reports about the kidney-bean-shaped pair have indicated that it'll incorporate fitness-tracking features like as heart rate, speed, distance, and more, similar to Samsung's Gear IconX earbuds from a few years back. 

This is all speculation, of course. LetsGoDigital suggests Samsung's new wireless earphones could launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series during a late summer Unpacked event. Meatier leaks might begin to appear soon if this time frame is accurate.

And if we see the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 then, too, we could be looking at fully refreshed Samsung accessory line at the end of this year. 

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. When she’s not in cyborg mode, you can find her on an exercise bike or channeling her inner celebrity chef. She and her robot army will rule the world one day, but until then, reach her at kate.kozuch@futurenet.com.