The AirPods Pro, from Apple, and the Galaxy Buds Pro, from Samsung, are two high-end Bluetooth headphones for sale in the market. The first promises 24 hours of battery life, adding the case and the device and is available for at least $219 on Amazon. The product from the South Korean giant has a dual speaker system and costs $189.99. The Techidence prepared a comparison to help you choose the ideal model for your type of use.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro vs Apple AirPods Pro
|Specifications||Galaxy Buds Pro||AirPods Pro|
|Launch||January 2021||October 2019|
|Drivers||11 mm woofer and 6.5 mm tweeter||single, unreported dimensions|
|Codecs||AAC, SBC, and Scalable||AAC and SBC|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C||Bluetooth 5.0 and Lightning|
|Battery||up to 8 hours (21 hours in the case)||5 and a half hours (24 hours with case)|
|Weight||6.3 grams||5.4 grams|
|Colors||Black, violet, or silver||White|
Both manufacturers bet on in-ear design. The format promises greater fixation to the user’s ear, as well as a good level of acoustic isolation.
Apple’s headset is only available in white and has a stem design, which makes it easier for the user to adjust the accessory to the ear. As with the Samsung model, there are removable silicone tips, allowing you to choose the best – and most comfortable – fit.
The Galaxy Buds Pro is available in black, violet, and silver. The model is IPX7 certified, while Apple’s device comes with IPX4. The technology ensures some level of protection in both headphones, but by default, the Samsung device should be more resistant.
The Samsung accessory’s highlight is the sound calibrated by AKG. Also, unlike the AirPods Pro, the product offers a system with dual drivers. With this, the Galaxy Buds Pro promises to reproduce audio with a higher level of detail, as each unit can dedicate itself to different sound frequencies.
Also, the South Korean product has support for 3D sound. The technology allows the device to adjust the direction of playback in real-time for greater immersion in content that is compatible with binaural audio. On Apple’s side, the AirPods Pro offers a similar tool that should also bring a good experience in music playback.
Another similarity between the two headphones is the offer of active noise cancellation, present in both products, but with different levels of calibration and operation. In sound codec, the AirPods Pro plays audio with AAC and SBC, while the Galaxy Buds Pro adds Scalable to the standards supported by the rival.
In the feature set, there are similarities between Apple and Samsung’s products, such as offering integrated microphones that promise good capture. This way, the user should not have problems with video or voice calls and should be able to interact with the phone’s virtual assistants.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Buds Pro can combine the microphones on the headset with those on the cell phone (Galaxy) to improve voice capture quality for clearer calls. Apple, on the other hand, uses a processing system that promises to offer equivalent quality.
Another feature that the user will find in both is Bluetooth 5.0. The promise is of a fast connection, especially on devices of the respective brands. Some sensors detect when the headset is removed from the ear and pause sound playback immediately to save energy.
According to Apple, the AirPods Pro has an estimated battery life of up to four and a half hours with noise cancellation turned on (five and a half hours without the feature enabled). With the charging case, the promise is 24 hours of battery life.
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro with active noise cancellation has five hours of battery life. With the feature turned off, the estimate goes to eight hours. The case, on the other hand, promises to take this number to 20 hours – or 13 hours if the feature is turned on.
Price and Competitors
The AirPods Pro has been on the market longer and can be found for as low as $219 on Amazon. The Galaxy Buds Pro, on the other hand, is newer and can be found for at least $189.99.