Highly anticipated: Apple arguably dominates the truly-wireless earbud space with its AirPods, but Samsung is quickly proving to be a worthy competitor, especially with new offerings like the Galaxy Buds Live just around the corner. These new Buds, which were just announced today at Samsung’s annual ‘Unpacked’ event, boast an ambitious new look and premium features that help them stand out from the pack.
First, let’s discuss the Buds’ new appearance: unlike previous truly-wireless earbuds from Samsung, the Galaxy Buds Live do away with the oval-shaped aesthetic in favor of what it calls a “bean-shaped” design. That’s certainly an odd way to describe a product, but it’s also accurate in this case: as you can see from the images throughout this article, the Galaxy Buds Live are indeed shaped like a pair of beans.
Samsung didn’t choose this look just for the fun of it, of course. The bean-shaped design is intended to make the buds a bit less noticeable in public, while also improving comfort. They accomplish the latter by fitting “neatly inside your ear’s concha,” rather than requiring you to shove a “protruding speaker” down your ear canal.
In addition to the Buds themselves getting a new appearance, their carrying case has also been altered. Previously, Samsung shipped Galaxy Buds in a small, oval-shaped case with a rounded top and flat bottom. This time around, the Galaxy Buds Live come in a square charging case, which looks to be a bit bulkier.
That means that some sounds, such as voices or “announcements,” will still make their way to your ears, but others, like noisy traffic or white noise, will not. Samsung calls this “Open” ANC, and it can be activated with a simple long-press on the side of one of the buds.