Samsung Galaxy Buds Live with ANC, 28-hour battery life launched at $169

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live with ANC, 28-hour battery life launched at $169

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At the recently concluded Galaxy Unpacked launch event, Samsung has finally lifted the covers off the all-new Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Tab S7 series, and the Galaxy Watch 3. Along with these devices, Samsung also unveiled the new Galaxy Buds Live that we’ve seen in countless leaks and rumors over the last couple of months. Samsung’s latest TWS earphones are a major step up from the Galaxy Buds+ from earlier this year and they offer an all-new design, active noise cancellation, and up to 28 hours of battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live: Specifications

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Buds Live
Dimensions & Weight
  • Buds: 27.2 x 17.3 x 15.5 mm, 5.6g (each)
  • Case: 50.0 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm, 42.2g
Battery and Charging
  • Earbud: 60mAh (each)
  • Case: 472 mAh
    • Wireless charging support
Speaker and Mic
  • 12mm driver tuned by AKG
  • Bass duct
  • 3 microphones + Voice Pickup Unit
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
  • Codec: AAC, SBC, Scalable Codec
Sensors and other features
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Touch-sensitive sensor
  • Hall sensor
  • IPX2 water resistance
ColorsMystic Bronze, Mystic White, Mystic Black

As seen in previous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live feature a unique bean-shaped design with a touch-sensitive area on the outer surface for media controls. The buds measure in at 27.2 x 17.3 x 15.5 mm and pack in 12mm drivers, a bass duct, three microphones each, a Voice Pickup Unit, and a 60 mAh battery, which is rated for up to 6.5 hours of media playback on a single charge. The Galaxy Buds Live are the first TWS earphones from the company to offer active noise cancellation (ANC) support, which is expected to greatly improve their overall performance at the cost of battery life. However, Samsung claims that the earphones will be able to last up to 4.5 hours on a single charge with ANC turned on.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The Galaxy Buds Live come in a new square-shaped charging case that packs in a 472 mAh battery, which extends the playback time to 28 hours on a single charge. The case features a USB Type-C port for charging and it also includes wireless charging support. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, the media playback controls on the Galaxy Buds Live will let you play/pause music with a single tap, switch to the next track with a double-tap on either earbud and switch to the previous track with a triple-tap on either earbud.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

For calls, the Galaxy Buds Live will let you double-tap to accept incoming calls and tap-and-hold to reject calls. You’ll also be able to activate ANC by tapping and holding either earbud. The Galaxy Buds Live also include support for other software features like multi-device pairing, find my earbuds, and the option to read your notifications aloud.

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Buds Live have been priced at $169 and will be available for purchase starting from August 6th. You will be able to pick them up in three color variants — Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black. The Galaxy Buds Live will be available for purchase on Samsung’s website and from most major retailers and carriers in the US.

The Galaxy Buds Live will be available in India starting from August 25, at a starting price of ₹14,990 (~$199). The TWS earbuds will be available for purchase on Samsung Shop, Samsung Opera House, offline retail stores, and other major eCommerce portals in the country. Samsung has also announced a pre-booking offer, which will give buyers the chance to pick up the Galaxy Buds Live at a discounted price of ₹4,500 upon pre-booking a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 4G between August 17 and August 26.