September 20, 2021

Samsung’s $150 Galaxy Buds 2 take on Apple’s AirPods

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2. 

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During its Unpacked event on Wednesday, Samsung announced a bevy of new products, including the
Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3

, Galaxy Watch 4, and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The company also announced the Galaxy Buds 2, a follow-up to the 2019 Galaxy Buds. At $149, the Buds 2 directly compete with Apple’s base AirPods, which are long overdue for a meaningful update of their own. 

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The Buds 2 will go on sale and begin shipping on Aug. 27 for $149 at, through carriers and retail partners. You can get them in four colors: Black, white, lavender and green. All four models feature an all-white case with the inside of it and the earbuds covered in your preferred color. 

The case can be charged via a USB-C port on the back, or on any Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. 

Samsung has added a new earbud fittest to the Galaxy Wearable app that helps you find the right size of replaceable tip for the Buds 2. Having the right size ear tip in place ensures the earbuds aren’t falling out, but they also create a tighter seal to give you better sound quality. 

One downside of the Buds 2 is the lack of support outside of Samsung’s own Galaxy devices. Yes, that means you won’t be able to officially use them with an iPhone or another Android device made by someone not named Samsung. 

I’ll have plenty more to say about the Galaxy Buds 2 in the coming days. Until then, check out the rest of our
Samsung Unpacked coverage


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