Samsung Galaxy Buds: AirPod alternatives with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130

CNET | 2/20/2019 | Scott Stein
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Buds charge on the phone.

Samsung's new Galaxy S10 phones have brand-new wireless earbuds, and they charge right off the back of the phone. Are they Samsung's answer to Apple's AirPods? Well, kind of. But also, they're an evolution of Samsung's existing fitness earbuds, too.

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Apple wasn't the first company to make wireless earbuds. In fact, Samsung beat Apple to the punch several years ago with the Gear Icon X fitness earbuds, which had onboard fitness tracking and music storage. Samsung's newest wireless buds are more colorful, focus on music fidelity instead of fitness and aim for an AirPods-undercutting price of $130, arriving March 8. (Converted, that's about £100 or AU$180.) Here's what you need to know about Samsung's new Galaxy Buds from our early look.

Wireless charging, through the phone: These earbuds' coolest trick is that their contactless charge-enabled case works with Samsung's new Wireless PowerShare charging on the back of the Galaxy S10 phones. Drop them on your phone, and they'll charge up, at the equivalent of 5W (a rough estimate of a fully dead case to fully charged would be an hour). The case can also charge via USB-C.

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Black and yellow.

Smaller than previous Samsung earbud cases: Samsung says the Galaxy Buds are 30 percent smaller overall than the Gear Icon X earbuds. According to Samsung, dropping onboard music playback from the Gear Icon X helped shrink these new Buds. (The Buds in their case still end up being a bigger package overall than AirPods.)

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Five to 6 hours of battery life in buds, an extra 7 hours in the case: Samsung estimates these will last for 5 hours of talk time, or 6 hours of music. That beats AirPods, which get about 2 hours of talk time and 5 hours of music. The case should contain the equivalent of another...
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