People are wearing their earbuds for longer hours. As such, Samsung has launched a new accessory, the Galaxy Buds Live which boasts an open-type design and a more ergonomic fit. Do note that it’s not meant to be the replacement for the Galaxy Buds+, but is actually a new product line.
Galaxy Buds Live has a jewelry-like design brushed with a glossy look on the outside, and a matte finish on the inside. You have the option of using small or large tips. This design lets you wear the device all day minus that stuffed feeling in your ears.
ANC is one of the main features of the Buds Live, allowing it to filter unwanted background noise, so you can enjoy your music without distractions. It’s got an always-on microphone so you can easily use voice commands via Bixby.
Galaxy Buds Live can be charged wirelessly using Qi-compatible chargers, or using Wireless PowerShare on compatible Samsung devices.
As for battery life, you get up to 6 hours of playback with ANC ON and up to 21 hours with the case, and 4.5 hours of talk time with ANC ON and 17 hours with the case. 5 minutes of charging gives you an hour of playback.
Galaxy Buds Live comes in three colors – Mystic White, Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Black.
|Dimensions||Earbuds: 16.5 x 27.3 x 14.9 mm|
|Charging Case: 50 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm|
|Charging Case: 42.2g|
|Microphones||3 mics (2 outer + 1 inner)|
|Battery Capacity||Earbuds: 60mAh|
|Charging Case: 472mAh|
|Play Time||6 hours / total 21 hours (ANC or Bixby Voice Wake-up ON)|
|5.5 hours / total 20 hours (ANC and Bixby Voice Wake-up ON)|
|8 hours / total 29 hours (ANC and Bixby Voice Wake-up OFF)|
|Talk Time||4.5 hours / Total 17 hours (ANC ON)|
|5.5 hours / Total 19 hours (ANC OFF)|
|Charging||1 hour play time with 5 minutes quick charging|
|Qi-certified wireless charging|
|Codec: Scalable (Samsung proprietary), AAC, SBC|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, IR, Hall, Touch, Grip, VPU (Voice Pickup Unit)|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0 and up, RAM 1.5GB or more/ iPhone 7 and up, iOS 10.0 and up|
Galaxy Buds Live will be available in the Philippines starting August 21, 2020, for PhP8,990.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.