Samsung's Galaxy Buds 3 have an AirPods-esque design and a dash of AI

Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds lineup is hardly a surprise thanks to a recent leak, but the company still had to officially debut its latest audio accessory at its Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. Alongside new folding phones, watches and even a smart ring, Samsung revealed the Galaxy Buds 3 series. The new models have a more AirPods-like look thanks to their stickbud or “blade” design, and Samsung is playing catch-up with new features like an Interpreter tool, Adaptive EQ and others.

Until now, Samsung has opted for the more common, rounded earbud design most companies favor for their products. The stick-based look has become increasingly popular though, and much of Apple’s competition have debuted their own takes on the style. Now we can count Samsung among the fold. The company says its new “blade” design is based on “a variety of collected statistical data” and offers “a more intuitive physical experience” thanks to pinch and swipe controls — another aspect of the AirPods Pro. The key difference is the “regular” Galaxy Buds 3 are an open fit like the “regular” AirPods while the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro have a tip that completely seals off your ear canal. Despite that variance, both offer active noise cancellation (ANC), but only the Pro model has ambient sound/transparency mode.

Another big difference between the two models is the two-way speakers on the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro. Samsung has paired a 10.5mm dynamic driver with dual amplifiers and a 6.1mm planar tweeter that offers “precise high range sound production.” Both Galaxy Buds 3 models support ultra high quality (UHQ) sound up to 24bit/96kHz and 360 Audio when paired with a compatible Samsung device. The two models vary on battery life as well. The Galaxy Buds 3 will last up to five hours with ANC on (24 hours total with the case), but you’ll get an hour more of noise-canceling performance on the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro (26 hours total with the case).

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