Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, Pixel Buds 2 and more devices are on sale

Today's best deals come from Amazon, Samsung and B&H, where you will find the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, the Google Pixel 3 XL and more on sale

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Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy Buds Pro and more are on sale today

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The best Galaxy deals come from Samsung, Amazon and B&H, where we find the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Tabs and more on sale

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, Powerbeats Pro and more devices are on sale

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We have been getting several headphone deals over the past few days, but we believe that there’s nothing wrong with more options to choose from. First, we find the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro getting a $20 discount, leaving them available for $180, and the best part is that you can choose any color you want, as savings go across the board. These wireless earbuds feature noise-canceling, water resistance, and a battery that will go for up to 28 hours with ANC off.

If you want a pair of new Powerbeats, you can get one for just $160 over at Best Buy, which translates into $90 savings. However, you will have to settle for the Lava Red or the Spring Yellow color option, as other color variants are a bit more expensive. And if you want to get them on Amazon.com, you can also grab a pair for $176, but Cloud Pink will have to be your pick if you want to score $73.97 in savings.

The Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch is also on sale, and you can get one for $179 after a $51 discount. This price is applied to the Black, the Midnight Blue, and the Pink color variants, while the Thistle option is still selling for full retail price. Get the Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker for just $99 with $51 savings, and if you’re looking for a more affordable fitness tracker, you can get a new Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker for $69 with $31 savings.

 

Other deals feature the Instant Pot Omni Plus 11-in-1 Toaster Oven that’s now available for $170 with $30 savings, which will also work as an air frier and more. The COSORI 12-in-1 Air Fryer is also a great option for those looking for a great present for Mother’s Day, and you can get one for $100 after the same $20 savings. Finally, the Chefman Toast-Air Air Fryer + Oven is getting a $40 discount, meaning you can get yours for $140.

 

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Skullcandy headphones, Logitech gaming peripherals and more devices are on sale today

You can currently get your hands on a new pair of Skullcandy headphones. The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless Over-Ear headphones are getting a $50 discount on both color variants, which means you can get the True Black of the Chill Grey variant with up to 41 hours of continuous playback adjustable sensory bass and more features for just $150.

If you like earbuds better, the Skullcandy Indy True Wireless are also on sale. You can grab a pair for as low as $43.74 with $41.25 savings. Shall you go for the Black color variant, while other models can go up to $70, but you still get to save some money, considering they’re usually priced at $85. And if you’re a Samsung fan, you may want to check out the latest Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus that are now selling for $100 after a $50 discount on its White color variants. If you want to choose other color options, you will find yourself paying $120.

 

We now focus on some great gaming peripherals from Logitech. The Logitech G G815 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is currently getting a $30 discount, leaving it at $170 with Tactile and Linear switches. If you’re ok with all the noise Clicky switches make, you can also get your new keyboard for $167 with $33 savings. I’d personally go for this one, but I like TKL keyboards. If you’re like me, you should check out the Logitech G915 TKL Tenkeyless Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Tactile switches that’s currently selling for $192.59 with $37.40 savings.

If you’re looking for a gaming mouse, you can get a new Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse for $115 with $15 savings. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can grab the Logitech G PRO Hero, which is getting a $20 discount, leaving it available for just $50. Finally, you can get a new Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset for $86 with $14 savings. And since we’re already talking gaming, you can get an 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Bluetooth Gamepad for $45 after receiving a $5 discount.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro get a touch of Adidas

Samsung has announced a new variant of its Galaxy Buds Pro in collaboration with Adidas. The new version is being called Galaxy Buds Pro Adidas Originals Special Pack, and it will go on sale in South Korea later this week. It is said to have been created to showcase the company’s eco-friendly efforts. The new model comes equipped with a classic white and green color combination associated with Adidas Originals. It is priced at KRW 279,000, which is roughly USD 249. It will be made available via Samsung’s website and Kakao.

The Galaxy Buds Pro Adidas Originals Special Pack will be available in South Korea starting April 7. It consists of an Adidas Originals snapback case, a special coupon to purchase the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, and the Galaxy Buds Pro. The special edition Buds Pro enables a custom Adidas Originals theme when paired with a Galaxy smartphone.

It applies custom icons, lock screen, call screen, and messages screen on the connected Galaxy smartphone. Moreover, you get a quick-access icon to Adidas’ official online store. Further, the snapback case is made using recycled plastic, and the special edition Galaxy Buds Pro uses 20% environmentally conscious Post-Consumer Materials (PCM) to cut down on waste.

A Samsung Electronics officials said, “We are planning this special pack for consumers seeking value consumption, especially MZ generations who are interested in sustainable products and fashions, and we will continue to strengthen Galaxy’s unique eco-friendly ecosystem through meaningful collaboration with various brands in the future.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro features Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) that is claimed to reduce the surrounding noise by up to 99 percent. There is an Ambient Mode that can amplify the surrounding sounds by up to 20 decibels for better awareness. The device can recognize when users are speaking to automatically adjust the sound settings.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: best earbuds? (video)

Anton D. Nagy contributed to this Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review.

With the release of the Galaxy S21 line, Samsung also introduced an update to their truly wireless earbuds. Despite having quite a few options in the lineup — ranging from long battery life to simple sound to interesting bean designs, Samsung decided that they would put all of that together to create their version of a Pro earbud. I have already done a Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review over on my channel, but weeks later I have a couple of extra thoughts on these little earbuds.

Let me put this out there right now: despite me saying these aren’t the absolute best I’ve ever used, the Galaxy Buds Pro has become my go-to every day truly wireless earbuds. So let’s talk through that. This is Pocketnow and this is our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review video

Small yet mighty

The terminology of Pro might make you think that Samsung’s track record of making small earbuds is shifting. Instead, Samsung manages to make earbuds that are basically the same size as the previous Galaxy Buds Live, to the point that style shells for the Live can actually fit on the Buds Pro case.

The overall footprint of the Galaxy Buds Pro is pleasantly small, making for a package that can be thrown easily in any pocket or bag. The case still has some smarts installed, with the USB-C port providing conventional charging on top of the wireless charging capabilities. It’s kind of nice to be able to put the Buds Pro case on a wireless charger while I’m using whatever phone was previously sitting on it — I barely think about how much battery the Live case has, because it’s constantly being topped up. So while it might not have the longevity of the Galaxy Buds+, the give and take means I’ll take the better sound in the Pro despite that sacrifice.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review

The word Pro

Obviously, the actual shape of the Galaxy Buds Pro is different than the Galaxy Beans — in the first move toward what could constitute the word ‘Pro,’ Samsung comes back to an in-ear driver that creates a seal in one’s ears for better-isolated sound. The result inevitably is better bass response, for a bit more bump than before. That’s not to say Samsung completely moved away from the lessons learned with the Buds Live — the Buds Pro still has a small vent that allows for just a little bit of air to filter through so that you don’t have a total and potentially uncomfortable seal. This is something that actually adds to the earbuds’ ambient sound feature, which we’ll get into later.

The Buds Pro has touch-sensitive areas on both earbuds that can be customized in the app, but basically provide just the typical tap and hold controls. Single, double, and triple taps on either earbud give you playlist control while holding either earbud can control volume, activate voice assistance, or change up the sound modes. Either earbud can be used on their own, making for the usual scenario for me where I have one earbud in until it runs out of battery and then switch up to keep the background tunes or podcasts rolling. And finally, if you want to turn on the pairing mode to get the Buds Pro connected to a new device, both earbuds have to be in and pressed until the mode is activated.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review

Samsung sound, now Pro

Now obviously sound and sound mode quality might be different across other people’s I found in my JV review and since then, the Buds Pro provides a great listening experience that works for multiple genres of audio content. Finding the right ear tip for a comfortable but robust seal is the first step toward a good sound experience, and I found the already installed tips to be just fine. The music I generally listen to came through very pleasantly, from hip-hop tunes to poppy R&B to electronic songs from Daft Punk (shouts out to them, end of an era). While I did say that there is better bass this time around, I will also admit that I’m a bit of a bass head especially for my hip-hop songs, so it’s good that in the Samsung app there are equalizer settings — Bass Boost was an obvious choice.

But for yet another layer of immersion on top of the raw sound profile, you get the active noise cancellation. That’s part of the joy of the Buds Pro, as the typical construction finally meets the features of the previous releases and puts them all together. The noise cancellation only works when both buds are in, at which point you can select two levels: high and low. The high setting seems to make the bass response stand out even more, so if you have this on with bass boost, you’re definitely in for a bump.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review

Overall, I’m really happy with the sound of the Galaxy Buds Pro but I have to restate the point I made in my first review: these are not the best-sounding earbuds I’ve ever used — that accolade for me goes to the Sennheiser Momentum 2. They’re also not the best noise-canceling earbuds I’ve ever used — that distinction still goes to the Sony WF1000Xm3. But like I said at the beginning of the video, the Galaxy Buds Pro has become my go-to dailies — and it comes down to how practical they are for my personal utility.

Talk to me

It all has to do with the last sound mode — Ambient Sound. The mode that uses the microphones to funnel in the sounds of the outside world. It’s there so that you can continue engaging comfortably with the outside world, even with both buds in — this is a feature that Samsung took further with detection, where the buds will automatically turn down the volume and max out the ambiance when its sensors and microphones can tell you’re trying to talk to someone. It’s sensitive enough so that the one sentence of ‘sorry, repeat that’ can trigger it.

And while it’s a nice mode to have especially when you’re just jamming out with both buds in, you can forget about singing along with your music. It’s only really useful for those incidental moments like a family member trying to get your attention. I still prefer to have as much environmental awareness as possible. when I’m out and about.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review

Talking to people in the meat space is one thing, but of course, you can use these earbuds and their microphone arrays for voice and video calls. Here is your test of the microphone quality using the Galaxy S21’s Pro Video mode, where the earbuds can be used as the Bluetooth audio input.

My use case

This brings me to my use case. If you want to just have some literal background tunes while running around and getting things done, you can do what I do and have one of the Buds in at half volume with Ambient Sound on max. Let’s call this the multitasker’s scenario, in that I can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, news, or YouTube videos without it fully taking my attention away from the task at hand. I can continue enjoying that content even if I’m walking around in a grocery aisle, without blocking out speaking scenarios with workers or cashiers. And if I need even more open hearing, a quick tap to pause the media is just fine because the maxed out Ambient Sound mode in just one ear lets me comfortably interact.

This is the way I use the Galaxy Buds Pro more than half of the time. The fact that the sound is plenty good to enjoy, the active noise cancellation does a proper job of blocking out the world, AND the ambient sound mode can help me maintain awareness makes these earbuds one of the most satisfyingly versatile pairs I’ve ever used.

Buds Pro in hand

Semi-pro fit?

It’s not all high notes, though, as Samsung’s move to marry multiple features into a Pro model actually makes the Galaxy Buds Pro regress a tiny step backward in the fit department. Don’t get me wrong, I love that these are the more typical earbud design because it means the low-end response is better — but it’s almost as if Samsung prioritized small size over design cues that might help keep the buds in one’s ear.

The Galaxy Buds Live, with all of its quirks, fit really nicely in my ears, while the wingtips of the Galaxy Buds+ gave them that needed a bit of extra security. I appreciate that the overall footprint of these earbuds is so small, but without these little extras, extended-wear times for me eventually mean a bit of sweat internally or externally makes them slip. It can get kind of annoying and considering the vast differences in people’s ear sizes and anatomy, obviously, your mileage will vary.

earbuds in ear

The specter of Samsung

You might have noticed that in this video I’ve been using the Galaxy Buds Pro with a phone that isn’t made by Samsung. The Buds Pro, like most all Samsung accessories, can be used with any Android device as long as you install the companion app. This means installing not just a frontend app, but also some backend services. While all of these things are innate to any Samsung smartphone or tablet, you’ll have to just install the additions to your phone to get the most out of these earbuds.

This includes sound mode switching, the equalizer, getting notifications read aloud, and using the Find My Earbuds feature that blares sounds from each earbud if you forgot to put them back in the case. But for those of you who want the lowest latency, the Gaming Mode feature is only available if you pair these with a Samsung phone. That’s the thing about high featured earbuds like these — Samsung tuned them for best use with a Samsung phone, which makes sense but is something you have to keep in mind.

earbuds in hand

Daily drivers

recommended award

With the occasion of our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review, we want to take this opportunity and award these earbuds with our Recommended badge for all-around value true-wireless earbuds.

All things considered, the Galaxy Buds Pro provides so many features in a package that sums up the best parts of Samsung’s previous audio products. Even though the fit might be a point of contention, the practical use cases that each and every capability the Buds Pro bring to your ears makes them so useful.

If anything, the $199 price tag is right in the middle between the more affordable offerings that don’t have as many features and the higher-priced competitors that excel in certain departments like noise cancellation and battery life. Despite each particular part not being the best, Samsung used the sum of those parts to pleasantly achieve the term ‘Pro.’

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, AirPods Pro, and more are on sale today

If you were looking for the best moment to save some bucks on the latest Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, well, this is it. They are currently selling for just $170 over at Woot, which translates to $30 savings. However, this deal will only be good for today, and customers can only purchase up to 3 pairs of headphones.

If you’re more of an Apple fan, the AirPods Pro are now selling for $219, which isn’t the lowest we’ve seen them go, but at least they still offer $30 savings. And, if you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can grab a pair of Jabra Elite 75t for $140 after receiving a $40 discount. And while you’re at it, you can also get a new Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $170 with $30 savings, in case you want to share your tunes anywhere you go.

 

And since we’re talking audio, we must also mention a couple of condenser microphones that are on sale. We start with the Elgato Wave 3 that will be great for streaming, recording, or podcasting. It is currently getting a 13.56 discount, meaning you can grab yours for $146.43. The HyperX QuadCast condenser gaming microphone for PC, PS4, and Mac is a bit more affordable, as it’s selling for $128.69 with $11.30 savings. But if you’re looking for the most affordable option on sale, you must go for the TONOR Computer Condenser PC Gaming Mic that can be yours for $27 after receiving a $19 discount.

 

If we head over to B&H, we will find the Sony Alpha a7 III mirrorless digital camera body with an accessory kit getting a $345 discount, which means you can get yours for $1,698. This bundle will get you a 64GB memory card, a camera bag, and a spare battery. You can equip this camera with ULANZI’s VL49 RGB Video Light that comes with 60 light beads that will provide excellent lighting conditions for your videos or pictures for just $30 after receiving a $10 discount.

And since we’re already talking cameras, you can grab a new Victure 4K 50FPS Action Camera with EIS for $50 when you apply the on-page coupon. And for all of you looking to get a backup camera for your car, you can get the K7 Pro Digital Wireless Backup Camera for just $104.99 when you add the on-page coupon that will give you 10 percent savings and when you enter promo code R6ET8BLG at checkout to get extra savings.

 

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Apple Watch Series 6, AirPods Pro and more devices are on sale right now

You can currently get a new Apple Watch Series 6 for as low as $374 when you grab a 40mm GPS-only version after getting a $25 discount. However, the best savings come with the LTE version with a Silver Stainless Steel Case with Silver Milanese Loop, which is getting an $80 discount, meaning you can get one for $669 or get the larger 44mm version for $719 with the same $80 savings.

And since we’re talking about Apple products, we may as well include the Apple AirPods Pro that are currently getting a $50 discount at Amazon.com, which leaves it at $199, or head over to Woot, as they’re selling for $190.

HP Chromebooks are also on sale. You can get one starting at $200 with $50 savings with you grab the 14-inch laptop with a 180-degree swivel, an AMD Dual-Core A4 9120 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage space. Now, this variant doesn’t come with a touch screen. If you want this feature, you can get it for $230 with the same $50 savings and the same specs.

Now, if you want something a bit better, you can get the HP Chromebook X360 12-Inch HD+ Touchscreen Laptop for $290 with $80 savings. This Chromebook comes equipped with a 12-inch HD+ display, an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage space.

 

We recently posted tons of deals on Samsung Galaxy phones and cases, so we also thought it was a nice idea to post some Samsung Galaxy headphones. The latest Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro can be yours starting at $150 after a $50 discount when you trade-in an eligible device. The next option for you to consider are the Galaxy Buds Live, which are selling for $115 and $105 at Amazon and Woot. And if you want to get a new pair of headphones for less, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are selling for $110 after receiving a $40 discount.

 

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Samsung improves noise cancelation on Galaxy Buds Pro with new update

Samsung launched its Galaxy Buds Pro true wireless earbuds alongside the Galaxy S21 series at the Galaxy UnPacked event last month. The new device comes with a fresh design. It offers features such as active noise cancelation, multi-device connection, a 360-degree audio mode, and more. The company updated its earbuds with a hearing aid trick and a few other enhancements soon after launch. Now, it is rolling out a new update to Galaxy Buds Pro that improves noise cancelation and switching speeds.

The latest development comes straight from Samsung. The new Galaxy Buds Pro update brings software version R190XXU0AUA5. It also brings improvements to the three main features of the earphones. Active noise cancelation, ambient sound, and switching mode for voice detect mode are getting improved. Listed below is the entire changelog:

• Improved Active noise canceling function.
• Improved switching speed of Voice detect mode.
• Improved Ambient sound function.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy Buds Pro can reduce the surrounding noise by up to 99 percent. The Galaxy Buds Pro also support an Ambient Mode that can amplify the surrounding sounds by up to 20 decibels for better awareness. However, users can control the level of ambient awareness they prefer. Further, these earbuds can recognize when users are speaking to automatically adjust the sound settings. Hence, if ANC is enabled and you speak something, noise cancelation will be automatically disabled, music will be paused as well as ambient mode will be activated to let you engage in a conversation. 

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro also have a 360 Audio that offers a realistic music listening experience. It is like Spatial Audio found on the Apple offerings. These earbuds are also IPX7-rated to keep you safe from sweat exposure during your workout sessions. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Buds Pro can last up to 8 hours on a single charge. However, with ANC on, they are said to last up to 5 hours.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro get hearing aid and other enhancements with first update

Samsung introduced a new pair of true wireless earbuds – the Galaxy Buds Pro – at its Galaxy Unpacked event alongside the Galaxy S21 series earlier this month. The new earbuds come with a fresh design and offer features such as active noise cancellation, multi-device connection, and a 360-degree audio mode to name a few. Now, Samsung has already begun the rollout of an update that brings hearing aid trick and a few other enhancements,

Among the changes that the software update brings are hearing enhancements that are targeted at folks with hearing impairment issues, letting them adjust the audio output of each earbud for a comfortable listening experience. Additionally, it boosts the voice sensitivity of Bixby wake-up response and also adds an option to boost the sound output of each earbud individually. Listed below is the entire changelog:

Implemented Hearing enhancements feature.
Left/Right sound balance adjustment
• Improved Bixby voice wake-up response
• Improved system stability and reliability

First software update for Galaxy Buds Pro

The update carries the build number R190XXU0AUA1 / R190XXU0ATLD and is 2.20MB in size. It is worth noting here that the Galaxy Buds Pro are yet to go on sale in multiple markets and are currently in the pre-order state as of now. Talking about the capabilities of Galaxy Buds Pro, their headline feature is an improved ANC experience that is touted to reduce the surrounding noise by up to 99 percent. Galaxy Buds Pro also offer an ambient mode that is said to amplify the surrounding sounds by a mark of up to 20 decibels to provide better awareness.

The most notable trick of Samsung’s earbuds is their ability to recognize when users are speaking, and then automatically lowering the music volume and enabling ambient mode so that users can have a conversation. Then there is another feature called 360 Audio that uses Dolby Head Tracking technology to provide a cinema-like 360-degree surround sound experience, somewhat like the Spatial Audio experience offered by Apple’s AirPods Pro. The IPX7-rated Samsung earbuds will set you back by$199.99 and they come in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet colors.

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series: Exceeding Expectations? (video)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is already available, and it’s ON SALE!!

The official news today, as always begin with deals, and yes guys, we’re very close to Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked so the Samsung deals are still going. First off, remember that you can already reserve the Galaxy S21, allowing you to get up to $700 in trade-in and $60 in credit for you to get some accessories to go with. Problem is, today is the last day so act quick. If you want a Galaxy S21 variant, make sure to checkout the first link in the description. Moving on but sticking to trade-ins, you can currently get the Galaxy S20 FE for a crazy $75, or the S20 Ultra for $600. The Z Fold 2 is available for $1000 and the Z Flip is still a crazy $100 but you need an eligible device to trade-in. Moving on, the Google Pixel 4 is currently $295 off it’s original price tag on Amazon, leaving it at $503 shipped. Speaking of Amazon, they have a huge sale on their smart speakers, the new Echo Dot is $20 off, meaning you can get it for $30 shipped. The Echo Show 5 is $45 off, leaving it at $45 shipped and the Echo Studio is still $30 off, so you can get it at $170 shipped. We have more deals on iPad Pros, True Wireless Earbuds and more in the links in the description.

 

No worries about losing items! Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is here to help

But alright let’s begin with a roundup of all the official news we got today, as we have to admit Samsung’s Galaxy unpacked was quite.. Packed. I know, that terrible pun was mine. Let’s start with Samsung’s Galaxy Smart Tags and yes, it’s actually plural. The Galaxy Smart Tag and Smart Tag+ are Bluetooth Trackers, essentially designed to work like Tile’s famous trackers. Starting with the vanilla Smart Tag, it offers the same functionality of a simple Bluetooth Tag, allowing you to track objects using a Bluetooth 5.0 LE module. Now, when it comes to the Tag+, this one adds Ultra Wideband Technology, giving you more enhanced features when compared to the regular model. Both of these bring a single button which can be used to send an alert and ensure that it is connected to your smartphone at the moment, allowing you to find whatever device is attached to the Tag in case you lose it, and it also works vice versa. The company announced that they have a dedicated app for these called Galaxy Find Network. The Galaxy Smart Tag and SmartTag+ will be available in single or multi-packs starting January 29th, with the regular model starting at $30. Oh, and you can get one included with your Galaxy S21 pre-order. If you want to pre-order one, we have a dedicated link for them in the description.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro with ANC and 360 Audio launched for $200

Now, let’s move on to a more familiar but improved product with the Galaxy Buds Pro. Samsung claims that these bring an updated design which is intended to look more natural and less obtrusive in your ear. These bring a 6.5mm tweeter, an 11mm woofer, they are IPX-7 certified but of course, the main feature is Active Noise Cancellation. According to Samsung the Buds Pro can reduce surrounding noise by up to 99% which sounds kinda crazy. They also bring an ambient mode to help users listen to their surroundings while wearing their Buds Pro in situations like traffic, sampling sounds at up to 20db. Another interesting feature is 360 Audio which uses Dolby Head Tracking technology, for you to have more of a immersive experience whenever you’re consuming content that allows it. According to Samsung the Buds Pro last up to 8 hours on a single charge, or 5 hours if you have ANC on the whole time. The new case which looks like the Buds Live one will add an extra 20 hours of playtime, promising an hour with a 5 minute charge. The Buds Pro will cost you $199 they will come in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver and Phantom Violet, and they’re available at Samsung.com, and we have a dedicated link in the description.

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ arrive rocking a fresh design, fast innards, and new camera tricks

Alright, we know what you’re here for, the Galaxy S21 Series, and boy is there a lot to talk about this year. Let’s start talking about the smaller siblings before we get to the main course. The Galaxy S21 and the S21+ are finally official and as expected, they’re powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G or the Exynos 2100, depending on where you bought it. You’re getting 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, paired with a 4000 and a 4800 mAh battery respectively. The S21 is getting a Plastic Build, while the S21+ brings Glass, both of them with a new metallic camera module. Trust me, I already have the S21 and you can’t tell a difference. The vanilla S21 brings a Flat 6.5in display, while the Plus goes up to a Flat 6.7in but, both of them are a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel at FHD+ resolution, both running at a 120Hz display along with all the bells and whistles you can expect. When it comes to the cameras, both of them bring an identical module, including a 12MP primary sensor, a 12MP wide angle lens, and a 64MP telephoto, that offers 3x optical zoom and 30x space zoom, oh and the selfie camera is a 10MP shooter. Both of them are able to capture 8K video, all cameras can now record 4K, giving you new features like SuperSteady mode for 60fps, Vlogger Mode and more. That said, I think the major statement is the price. The Galaxy S21 starts at $799, while the S21+ now starts at $999, and they’re both up for pre-orders, and of course we have a dedicated link for them in the description. Yes, it seems Samsung has realized that the S20 FE strategy was genius, because pricing that S21 at just $799 is major. I think that’s the sleeper hit.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra debuts with serious camera chops and a $1200 price tag

And finally, for the hottest news today, has to be the Galaxy S21 Ultra, as it kinda feels like Samsung really did go Ultra this year. Let’s start with the basics, it brings a 6.8in WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED panel with HDR10+ certification, and it brings dynamic 120Hz refresh rate, meaning it adjusts depending on the content of the screen and it now holds the high refresh rate, even at WQHD+. As expected it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100, along with 12 or 16GB of RAM and you’re also getting up to 512GB of storage as well as a 5000 mAh battery. Now, what Samsung is focusing on the most on here is the camera, this phone brings 4 cameras and a Laser Autofocus Sensor. You get the main 108MP sensor, a 12MP wide angle camera, and 2 10MP telephotos, one providing 3x optical zoom, while the latter uses a periscope system to deliver 10x optical zoom and 100x “Space” Zoom, and you get 40MP in the selfie shooter. The main camera uses 9-in-1 Pixel Binning to output 12MP shots, it can also shoot 12-bit HDR pictures and now you can even get the Wide Angle to shoot 12-bit RAW files if you have Pro Mode enabled. It brings new improvements to zoom like Zoom Lock to avoid jitter, you know for those 30x and 100x zooms to actually be somewhat usable. Like its smaller siblings it shoots 8K video but brings extra perks letting you take advantage of the incredible hardware. Samsung also announced that this is the first S Series smartphone with S Pen support, which will be offered as an accessory, but of course you can use older S Pens and yes, you’ll have to place it in the case as there is no slot here. The company is also teasing new features like UWB, which helps with Smart Tags and other partnerships announced. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is available for pre-orders in 4 different color variants, and it now starts at $1199 and of course, we have a dedicated link for it in the description.

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 is already available, and it’s ON SALE!!

Well, it is now official, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has recently been launched, and it’s already available for purchase. If you head over to Samsung.com, you can pre-order your device and get up to $200 instant credit for you to use towards accessories like a new Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds. To make things even better, you can also get up to $700 savings when you trade in an eligible device, meaning that you can get the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S21 for just $100. Yes, you got that right, the vanilla Galaxy S21 can be yours for just $99.99.

If you want to take it to the next step, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ can be yours for $300 and go all out with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for $500. Every model comes with 128GB storage space, but you can also choose to grab 256GB and 512GB in several color options.

    Samsung Galaxy S21 series
      Follow this link to save big bucks with your new Samsung Galaxy S21, which starts at just $100 if you trade-in an eligible device, and you can also get up to $200 towards accessories such as Galaxy Watches and Galaxy Buds.

    If you’re not sure about getting the new Samsung Galaxy S21, you can still get last year’s flagships or at least some of them. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is once again available in three models. First, the Galaxy S20 FE can be yours for $340, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus starts from $915, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is up for grabs for $1,115.

      Samsung Galaxy S20 series
        Check out the latest deals on last year's Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which is still a great option to consider in 2020.

      Moving on, we will find the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, which’s the best option if you’re looking for a device focused on productivity. The vanilla version is available for $400, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra goes for $700. Both devices come with 128GB starting storage space, and you also get a free S Pen.

        Samsung Galaxy Note 20
          The vanilla Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a lower price tag than the Ultra version, but you also get an S Pen, Super Fast Charge, and a powerful device that will also excel at gaming.

        Now we enter foldable territory, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still available for $999.99 with $1,000 discounts when you trade in an eligible device. Or get the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip with a smaller form factor and a clamshell design for $100 in the LTE only version, or grab the 5G variant for $250.

          Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
            The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is considered last year's best device. It features Samsung's Ultra Thin Glass, with a 7.6-inch foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when extended and a 6.2-inch screen when folded shut.
            Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
              Samsung's foldable phone with a clamshell design comes with a Dynamic AMOLED Display for immersive viewing, 250GB storage space, and more.

            The latest Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are also on sale, and you can grab a pair for $150 with a $50 trade-in f an eligible audio device. These are Samsung’s latest wireless earbuds, which arrive with studio sound quality, Active Noise Cancellation, and IPX7 water resistance.

              Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
                Galaxy Buds Pro combines studio sound quality with Active Noise Cancellation so you can elevate everyday moments. Plus you also get IPX7 water resistance and they come in three different color options.

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              Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro appear in a hands-on video ahead of January 14 launch

              Samsung is gearing up to launch a host of new devices at its next Galaxy Unpacked event on January 14, and one of those new products will be the Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds. We’ve already seen them in leaked renders, and some of their key specifications as well as pricing details have also surfaced online. Now, the Galaxy Buds Pro have appeared in a detailed hands-on and first impressions video ahead of the official launch, which reveals a lot about their features and gives us an idea about the whole package.

              Impressive ambient mode, average noise cancelation

              The video in question comes from a YouTube channel named Digital Slang. As per the video, the Galaxy Buds Pro are just a tad smaller than the Galaxy Buds+ that were launched last year. The ambient mode is touted to be impressive, while ANC leaves a bit to be desired and remains significantly behind the AirPods Pro. Overall, the upcoming Samsung earbuds are said to be a good value for their asking price, which is said to fall around $200 as per leaks. The IPX7-rated earbuds are said to last up to 5 hours on a single charge, while the charging case takes that number to 18 hours. 

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              Talking about gestures, there is no learning curve here. Galaxy Buds Pro users can rely on a single tap for play/pause, double-tap for jumping to the next track or answering a phone call, while a triple-tap gesture will take users to the previous song. We also get a detailed look at the companion app and the features at the disposal of users. 

              A conversation trick that mimics Speak-to-Chat on Sony WH-1000XM4

              There is a dedicated slider toggle for switching between ANC and ambient mode. Notably, the Ambient sound volume levels can be adjusted between low and medium, high, and extra high. The Galaxy Buds Pro also offer a feature called Voice Detect, which works in the same fashion as the Speak-to-Chat feature on Sony’s noise-canceling WH-1000XM4 headphones. 

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              It automatically lowers the music volume and enables the ambient mode as soon as it detects that the user is speaking, allowing them to engage in a conversation without having to perform a touch/tap gesture or taking out the earbuds. Users can choose between three durations – 5 seconds, 10 seconds, or 15 seconds – for which the aforementioned mode remains active when it detects users speaking. 

              Six EQ profiles to choose from and a speak-to-chat feature

              The equalizer offers a total of six sound profiles to choose from viz. soft, dynamic, bass boost, clear, normal, and treble boost. Additionally, touch and hold gesture can be individually customized for each earbud to quickly toggle between ANC and ambient mode, summon the Bixby assistant, increase or decrease the volume, or access Spotify. There is also a dedicated gaming mode that claims to reduce audio latency, something that is crucial while playing online multiplayer games. 

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              Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro leak suggests a rather aggressive price tag of $199

              Alright. The final bit of information regarding Samsung’s upcoming true wireless earbuds – the Galaxy Buds Pro – has finally been revealed via yet another leak. As per tipster WalkingCat (@h0x0d), the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro will cost $199. Now, that is not cheap for a pair of true wireless earbuds, but considering the features they bring to the table, the upcoming Samsung wearable might well justify that price tag.

              Samsung is undercutting rivals from Apple, Sony and Bose

              If you take a look at the key rivals – the Apple AirPods Pro cost $249, the Sony XF-1000XM3 made their debut at $230, while Bose’s noise-cancelling QueitComfort Earbuds are priced at $280. However, the Galaxy Buds Pro are going to be slightly costlier than the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, which also offer Active Noise Cancellation. Compared to their predecessor – the Galaxy Buds+ – Samsung is charging a premium of roughly $50 for its next-gen true wireless earbuds.

              READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro to have IPX7 rating, 28-hour battery life, 11mm bass drivers

              Talking about the features, the most important one is – of course – ANC, with the Galaxy Buds Pro said to offer a better noise isolation experience than the Galaxy Buds Live due to their in-ear design. Users will be able to control the level of noise cancellation, and there will be an ambient mode as well that can be enabled when users want to be aware of their surroundings. The upcoming Samsung earbuds will come with an IPX7 dust and water resistance rating.

              ANC, Spatial Audio and 28 hours of battery life

              Another major selling point of the Galaxy Buds Pro will be spatial audio. This feature will reportedly rely on head-tracking to offer an immersive listening experience. Spatial audio is said to mimic the multi-directional sound experience you get in theaters. Apple offers a similar feature with its AirPods Pro and the freshly launched AirPods Max headphones too. So far, leaks have shown the Galaxy Buds Pro in purple, black and silver color options.

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              Audio output will be handled by 11m drivers and 6.5mm tweeters with coaxial dual speakers. Other leaked features include special gyro sensors, Dolby Atmos support, and SoundAlive to name a few. Each earbud comes equipped with a 61mAh battery, while the charging case has a 472mAh unit inside The upcoming Samsung earbuds will reportedly last up to 28 hours on a single charge. Samsung will unveil its next-generation noise-canceling earbuds at the next Unpacked in January event where the company will also lift the covers from the Galaxy S21 family.

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