Samsung unveils the Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro with an AirPods-like design and some really cool AI features

Samsung wants to put artificial intelligence in your ears, at least that's what its new ad says. Galaxy Buds 3 and Galaxy Buds 3 Pro Headphones Wireless headphones.

The two new Galaxy Buds, unveiled at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on July 10, 2023, feature a new design: both pairs of earbuds now feature an AirPods-like stem that is used to physically control the volume on the earbuds by swiping up or down. Additionally, the Buds have a case that is oriented more vertically than the horizontal rounded rectangle of the Galaxy Buds 2.

The standard Galaxy Buds 3 have an “open-type” design, in that they don’t have tips to enter your ear canal (like the third-generation AirPods), while the new Galaxy Buds 3 Pro have in-ear tips (like the AirPods Pro 2), which should result in better passive blocking of unwanted external noise to help boost its active noise cancellation.

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Let’s start with the specs. The Galaxy Buds 3 have an 11mm dynamic driver to deliver the sound, 3 microphones, support for 24-bit Hi-Res Audio when used with compatible Galaxy devices, and can handle 360 ​​Audio spatial sound with head tracking. Active noise cancellation is also present, though we’ll have to see how well it works in an open design without an internal tip to isolate the outside world.

The Galaxy Buds 3 Pro are basically the same, just with a two-way speaker design featuring a 10.5mm dynamic driver and a flat 6.1mm tweeter. ANC has ambient sound detection and the ability to detect voices and let conversations through without the user having to stop the music or remove the earbuds from their ears – a feature we’ve seen before on Sony earbuds and the AirPods Pro 2, to varying degrees of success – so we’re hoping Samsung has improved in these other areas.

A photo of the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro in silver

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As for battery life, the Buds 3 have a 48mAh capacity, while the Buds 3 Pro have a 53mAh battery capacity. The cases for both contain a 515mAh battery, but it’s worth noting that the Buds Pro have “Blade Lights,” which are strips of light on their stems that light up to indicate things like the earbuds’ pairing mode is active or can help you find misplaced earbuds. Such lighting might soak up a bit more electrical usage than the standard, non-light Buds, in addition to the dual-speaker system and more advanced processing.

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