New Samsung Galaxy Buds could boast 12-hour battery life to beat AirPods Pro

Samsung Galaxy buds
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds are among the best true wireless earbuds you can buy – and it looks like a new version of the earbuds is on the horizon. 

An FCC filing for a "Bluetooth headset" from Samsung all but confirms the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, which are rumored to be the company's answer to the noise-canceling Apple AirPods Pro – and it looks like they'll boast a huge 12-hour battery life.

After digging into the FCC filing, Droid Life discovered that the new buds will use 300mA batteries, while the charging case will use 600mA batteries – compared to the original Galaxy Buds, which used 150mA and 300mA batteries respectively.

That's a big improvement, and should mean a battery life of 12 hours from the buds and 14 hours from the case, eclipsing the AirPods Pro and many other true wireless competitors. 

While the FCC filing doesn't reveal much in the way of specs, it does suggest that a Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus release date is imminent. With CES 2020 coming up in a matter of weeks, it's entirely possible that we'll see the new true wireless earbuds at the world's biggest tech show in Las Vegas. 

Saying that, that last Galaxy Buds launched alongside the Galaxy S10Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e. As we're not expecting the Galaxy S11 until February, we may have to wait a little longer to see the Galaxy Buds+.  

The original Samsung Galaxy Buds

The original Samsung Galaxy Buds (Image credit: TechRadar)

An identical design

Specs may not have been confirmed, but animations found by XDA-Developers in the Samsung SmartThings app show that the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ could look nearly identical to their predecessors. 

The animation shows the same pill-box style charging case, from which the buds emerge – from the looks of things, the same pearlescent material is in use on the outer housings, which we expect will feature the same touch controls as the original Galaxy Buds. 

One possible difference is that the new buds may eschew the rubber wingtips of their predecessors – although they could still be included as an optional extra for those wanting a more secure fit. 

We're expecting the Galaxy Buds Plus to come with noise cancelation, putting them in direct competition with the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3. Noise cancelation is an increasingly common feature of true wireless earbuds, and it often comes with a higher price – so be prepared for these buds to cost more than $149 / £139 / AU$249 when they launch in the new year.

Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.