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First impressions of the new Galaxy Buds Plus headphones

A year ago, in the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 to be more exact, Samsung introduced its first completely wireless headphones known as the Galaxy Buds. Without a doubt, it was the big surprise of the event.

That is why, this year, in the Galaxy Unpacked 2020, we were not surprised that an improved version of these headphones, called: Galaxy Buds +, made an appearance.

For several months ago, there are strong rumors that Samsung will launch a new generation of its Galaxy Buds, however, none of that was confirmed until now.

The South Korean company not only ratified that the new Galaxy Buds + are a reality, but also that they will be available this month.

After the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 ended, I had the opportunity to try these headphones for several minutes and confirm how many changes they have with respect to their predecessor. And here, I tell you everything.

Identical design, but with color changes

galaxy buds plus samsung first impressions 1Mara Teresa Lopes / Digital Trends in Spanish

When I had the Galaxy Buds Plus in my hands, I seemed to have exactly my current Galaxy Buds. Not only does the case have the same shape, with the USB-C port for charging and the word Samsung on the front, but also the shape of the headphones is identical with respect to its predecessor.

It is worth noting that, by putting them in my ears, the grip and the way they are held inside my ears is also the same.

The only physical difference I could find in these new hearing aids in color availability. The new Galaxy Buds Plus are now available in three colors: white, black and a very interesting blue that matches the one with the new Galaxy S20.

In addition, there is a special edition, about the Olympics, in white and gold.

Without a doubt, the big difference comes to stand out inside.

Partnership with Spotify

Headphones are synonymous with music and therefore, to improve the listening user experience, Samsung has partnered with Spotify to offer more features and facilitate the way we access music.

For several years, Spotify has become the leader in streaming music service in the market and has now made an agreement with Samsung to offer its services in a more direct and successful way to all those who purchase the Galaxy Buds Plus.

Now, when using your Galaxy Buds Plus, you can configure it with your Spotify account, listen to your favorite lists and Spotify until you recommend (or guess) what type of music you should listen to at any given time, according to your preferences.

Superior battery performance

galaxy buds plus samsung first impressionsMara Teresa Lopes / Digital Trends in Spanish

For me, this quality is what makes the big difference between the Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds Plus.

On this occasion, Samsung has assured that its new headphones will be able to last 22 hours of life without the need to charge, which is theoretically sounds very interesting.

According to the manufacturer, the headphones alone will be able to provide 11 hours of useful life, but if we add to that the 11 more hours that contribute the case, we will be talking about a total of 22 hours. An ideal battery for those who love listening to music and even podcasts while exercising and do not have access to the charger for a long period.

For the short time I had with this pair of headphones, I could not prove the durability of your battery, however, I hope to have them for a longer time to confirm it.

More intense external noise cancellation

In the tests I performed with the new Galaxy Buds Plus I could see how now the external noise cancellation function is a bit more effective and manages to provide a really immersive sound, without bothering you what happens around.

Although the Galaxy Buds of last year also had that function, I must admit that, by comparing it, if they have made a remarkable improvement I am sure they love what the intense audio experiences enjoy.

However, remember that when you want to lower this intensity to be more aware of the outside, such as when you walk down the street, you still have the possibility to do so.

Continue to support wireless charging

galaxy buds plus samsung first impressions 4Mara Teresa Lopes / Digital Trends in Spanish

Something that I loved about the Galaxy Buds last year, is that they accepted the wireless charge and could be charged with the Galaxy S10 (flagship phone of that moment). Therefore, I am very happy that Samsung has decided to keep that function with its new headphones.

As expected, the new Galaxy Buds Plus accept wireless charging and can be charged with both the Galaxy S10 phone series and the new Galaxy S20.

In the test I performed, the headphones charged without any problem with a Galaxy S20. To do this, remember that you must activate the function of Wireless PoweShare on the phone and then turn it upside down. The headphones should be placed exactly below the word Samsung that is on the back of the phone and when you see a red light on in the case of your headphones, it means they are charging.

Availability and price

In the event, Samsung said that these headphones will be worth $ 149 dollars and also, coincidentally or with all the intention of the world, will be available from February 14, Valentine's Day.

We do not know for sure if Samsung has chosen this day of availability to tell you in a subliminal way that it will be a great gift for your crush, but what we are sure of is that for its price, it sounds quite tempting.

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