The new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus does not come with the noise reduction according to a report from SamMobile, suggesting that the second generation of real wireless earbuds will not be as big a upgrade as we had hoped.
This is the second source that suggests that the buttons will show no noise reduction or noise reduction after productive technical leaker @UniverseIce claimed so much in early January.
However, it is not all bad news. Rumors to launch in addition to the Galaxy S11 on 11 February, the Galaxy Buds Plus is said to have a much longer battery life than their predecessors, 12 hours after a single charge.
An FCC request for the new buttons revealed that they will use 300 mAh batteries, while the charging cassette uses 600 mAh batteries; the original Galaxy Buds used 150 mAh and 300 mAh batteries respectively.
Why no noise reduction?
Given that noise cancellation is increasingly common in real wireless earbuds, it is a little surprising that Samsung would opt to avoid this feature – especially since the brand's biggest competitor provided the AirPods Pro with noise canceling technology.
It's not like the hardware isn't there – the Galaxy Buds Plus is said to have four microphones, double the original Galaxy Buds. However, according to SamMobile, these microphones are likely to be used to improve call quality, instead of capturing and reducing ambient noise.
It is possible that Samsung plans to release a more premium version of the Galaxy Buds Plus in the future, which comes with noise reduction – this would enable the brand to offer two models at different price ranges, just like Apple does that with the original AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Please note that this information has not been confirmed by Samsung; it is not even certain that the buttons will appear at the Samsung Unpacked event on 11 February, but hopefully we will see them next to the Galaxy S11 (or Galaxy S20, as rumors are increasingly being suggested that they are mentioned) and the Galaxy Fold 2.