The Samsung Galaxy Buds X appear to be the company's next wireless audio product, building off the instant success of the newly-released Galaxy Buds Plus while delivering a totally inventive design.
Images of a bean-shaped pair of Samsung earbuds leaked online last month. We believe that the legume-looking set is the Galaxy Buds X, as named in a trademark for a wireless wearable headset filed by the company. However, Samsung might be using the 'X' as a placeholder and could call it Galaxy Buds 2.
Either way, if a reliable Samsung tipster is right, the news buds are launching soon.
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In a tweet showing the new Aura Blue color finish of the Galaxy Buds Plus, Max Weinbach of XDA Developers said the Buds X are "rumored to launch."
According to the Buds X 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 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 X, here’s what we know about the Buds X tentative price, release date and specs.
Samsung Galaxy Buds X price
Like the Galaxy Buds Plus, the Galaxy Buds X or Galaxy Buds 2 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 X 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 X release date
WinFuture reported that as of early April Galaxy Buds X 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.
Samsung Galaxy Buds X 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.
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