New Samsung Galaxy Buds try to steal AirPods’ thunder

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Watch out AirPods, Galaxy Buds have arrived.
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AirPods have become the ultimate status symbol among Millenials, but Samsung is ready to steal some of the shine with its new line of Galaxy Buds.

Just like AirPods, the new Galaxy Buds give wearers a convenient, cord-free solution for listening to music on the go. However, Galaxy Buds pack some impressive features that AirPods don’t have and it could be bad news for Apple.

Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Buds during its Unpacked event. The S10 and Galaxy Fold were also on display as Samsung demoed its entire ecosystem of products. Galaxy Buds are the cheapest new gadget the company introduced today. They also might be the best value.

The headlining feature of the Galaxy Buds is probably the 6 hours of battery life on a single charge. They also come with a wireless charging case that can be juiced up from the Galaxy S10 thanks to the new charging share feature. You’ll be able to recharge your buds at least twice with the case’s battery.

Apple promised a wireless charging case for the AirPods but still hasn’t delivered it or its AirPower charging pad. Updated AirPods are expected to come out in the first half of 2019 with wireless charging, Hey Siri and possibly some heart-rate monitoring tech.

Galaxy Buds don’t have heart-rate monitoring, but they’re powered by Bixby, allowing wearers to use voice commands. They also have Bluetooth 5.0 which should prevent audio from cutting out as frequently. It looks like Samsung even ripped off AirPod’s pairing screen when connecting it to your Galaxy phone or tablet.

One thing Samsung didn’t copy is the AirPods $160 price tag. Galaxy Buds are priced at just $130. You can pick some up starting on March 8.