Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds review: when sound matters

Along with the Galaxy S21 flagship line, Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro TWS headphones with active noise canceling. I listened to the new product for two weeks and share my impressions.


  • Available colors: black, purple, gray
  • Headphone dimensions: 20.5 x 19.5 x 20.8 mm (wxdxh), weight – 6.3 grams
  • Case dimensions: 50 x 50.2 x 27.8 mm, weight – 44.9 grams
  • Three microphone system
  • Two-way speakers with oversized driver from AKG
  • IPX7 water resistant
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Batteries: 61 mAh in the earbud and 472 mAh in the case
  • Кодеки: Samsung Scalable Codec, SBC, AAC

Design and ergonomics

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are made in a compact form factor, which I like the most due to the absence of hanging “horns”. The surface of the case is matte, and the surface of the headphones is glossy to hide fingerprints.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Thanks to magnets, Buds Pro sit securely in the charging case and do not fall out even if you turn it open. Also, due to this solution, the headphones cannot be placed in the case incorrectly. It is quite compact and fits well in any pocket without causing any discomfort.

Galaxy Buds Pro

The earbuds fit in your ears very comfortably and do not fall out. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro fit the anatomical features of my ears as much as possible and didn’t even have to change the pads. On the very first day I tried to listen to Buds Pro as long as possible with fresh ears. I was immediately interested in whether their active noise cancellation system would cause unpleasant sensations. It turned out that in my case, the headphones turned out to be as ergonomic and comfortable as possible. Firstly, during long listening they are practically not felt, four hours of listening and there was never a desire to give your ears a rest. Secondly, the internal fit does not cause discomfort, the ear canal does not sweat, and the active noise cancellation system does not put pressure on the ear. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro made a positive impression in terms of convenience.

I’ve put together a playlist here that will help you maximize the low frequencies of the headphones, in case you decide to listen to the headphones in the store before buying. You can save it and use it for testing, and it can also become a good soundtrack for this review.


Looking ahead, I will immediately note that the AKG inscription on the case is not casual, so the sound of the Galaxy Buds Pro will be well known to fans of this audio brand. The headphones received a balanced and high-quality sound with well-readable frequencies. In general, the sound panorama turned out to be voluminous and lively, so there is a desire to listen to more music. It is also worth noting one characteristic feature of the proprietary AKG sound – this is when the bass conventionally does not break you on the knee and does not hit your forehead with a shovel, but thickly envelops you, filling the sound palette.

Galaxy Buds Pro

Another important point directly affects the effect of noise on the sound quality. Apparently, Samsung has decided to go its own way with the Galaxy Buds Pro. Thus, it turned out that the active noise cancellation system is not just an instrument that cuts out the sounds of the outside world, but also a function that complements the sound.

There is noise all around. So be it

I would like to discuss the active noise cancellation system separately, since there are several features in its operation. I will make a reservation right away that it does not cut off all sounds of the surrounding world by 100 percent. In general, I would call her work adaptive, because, as it seemed to me, she constantly adjusts to the environment. For example, she swallows any monotonous hum as if not in herself, but sometimes some sounds still penetrate.

Galaxy Buds Pro

I concluded that this is necessary for security purposes and now I will try to explain this point. Walking along a busy road in the usual traffic, you most likely will not hear the traffic, but the sound of a car sharply approaching you will most likely be missed.


The other day, another update arrived on the Galaxy Buds Pro, adding a feature to improve hearing, balance adjustment. System stability and reliability have also been improved.


All basic functionality of the earbuds is controlled in the Galaxy Wear app. It displays the battery charge status, noise canceling mode settings, activation of voice detection mode, equalizer, as well as a section for managing touch panels.

Galaxy Buds Pro can read notification headers out loud, so you don’t have to take your smartphone out of your pocket every time. Also in the settings you can find the “Game Mode”, which reduces the audio delay. It will be especially useful in multiplayer games. The search function allows you to see the location of the Buds Pro on a map and give them a signal in case of loss.

Galaxy Wear app

The Galaxy Wear app has two handy widgets that let you toggle noise canceling mode right from the home screen and view the battery level of the case and headphones.


The autonomy of the Galaxy Buds Pro is in complete order. With noise canceling on, the headphones work for about 4 hours, and sometimes a little longer. It should be noted that this indicator is influenced by the weather. For example, in recent frosts (about -19 – -20 degrees) they worked for about half an hour less and asked to recharge. If you turn off the noise reduction, then from the Galaxy Buds Pro you can get about 8 hours of playback. In a case, a full charge takes just over 2 hours.

Galaxy Buds Pro

What is the result

What can you say, the year 2021 has started very cheerfully, Samsung introduced an updated line of S21 smartphones and Galaxy Buds Pro headphones. As for the second gadget, this device took one of the top lines in my personal rating of TWS headphones with active noise canceling system, thanks in large part to the convenience and sound quality right out of the box. They connect to Samsung smartphones literally on the fly, regardless of whether Bluetooth is enabled or not.

Galaxy Buds Pro

The cost of the new item is 17,990 rubles – this is a rather attractive offer against the background of AirPods Pro, but I would not compare these two devices head-on, since they are not competitors to each other. The Galaxy Buds Pro have definitely taken the flagship position in Samsung’s wireless headphone lineup. Summing up, I would like to say that they will be an excellent choice if you primarily give preference to good sound, ergonomics and comfort during prolonged wear, as well as a decent indicator of autonomy.

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