Samsung AKG N400 truly wireless earphones boast of ANC and water resistance
Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S20 series at the Samsung Unpacked event earlier this year in February. At the event, the company also announced the Galaxy Buds+ alongside the three highly-anticipated devices. As previous leaks suggested, the Galaxy Buds+ only offered a minor upgrade over the original Galaxy Buds with improved battery life, better microphones, and a few connectivity improvements. Sadly though, the Galaxy Buds+ didn’t include Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and opted for a feature called “Ambient Aware” that offers better noise isolation. This made the Galaxy Buds+ a little less appealing when compared to other premium truly wireless earbuds like the Sony WF-1000XM3, the Sennheiser Momentum TW2, and the Apple AirPods Pro.
Now, in a bid to offer something a bit more competitive, Samsung’s AKG sub-brand has launched the AKG N400 truly wireless earphones that not only feature ANC but also offer IPX7 water resistance, another feature that’s missing on the Galaxy Buds+. The AKG N400 packs in 8.2mm drivers with a frequency response of 10Hz-20KHz, an impedance of 16 ohms, and a sensitivity of 96 dB SPL. The truly wireless earbuds make use of a Bluetooth 5.0 chipset that includes support for SBC and AAC codecs. The earbuds feature capacitive touch controls on each bud to control playback and volume, and you can even use it to trigger your preferred voice assistant.
The AKG N400 weigh in at 7.7g, with the case adding another 65g. Samsung claims that the earbuds can last up to 6 hours on a single charge without ANC turned on and 5 hours with ANC. The case can charge the earbuds once over, increasing the overall battery life to 12 hours. For charging, the case features a USB Typ-C port and it also supports wireless charging. The earbuds can be controlled using a companion app that will let you customize the audio profile, ANC level, and the touch controls.
The AKG N400 is available in three color variants — black, blue, and navy — with the navy variant featuring a dual-tone finish with gold accents. The truly wireless earbuds have been priced at KRW 230,000 (~$190) and are currently only available in Samsung’s home market of South Korea. As of now, we have no information from the company regarding the pricing and availability for international markets.