Samsung’s new true wireless earbuds look increasingly more likely to arrive branded as “Galaxy Buds.”
A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing is now live for a device that sports the SM-R170 model number along with an image that clearly shows the case that typically comes with the company’s wireless bud solution. Essentially confirming these are likely to be the company's new buds for 2019.
Although the FCC listing does not mention Galaxy Buds by name, a device with the same model number recently showed up after having been certified by the Bluetooth SIG. That certification did specifically reference the Galaxy Buds name.
Providing the naming is right then this will mark a departure from the company’s approach to is earphone line, as up until now Samsung buds have come branded as a “Gear IconX” products. A branding that now seems likely to be retired for this particular product line.
Of course, this is not the first time Samsung has moved away from the Gear branding and towards Galaxy considering the company’s latest smartwatch is the Galaxy Watch, compared to most of the predecessor watch and fitness trackers from Samsung that have utilized Gear branding.
In spite of Samsung having reportedly faced issues with using the Galaxy Watch name, when looked at from further away it does seem clear Samsung now wishes to use Galaxy branding for all of its wearables going forward.
Typical of FCC filings, there is no further information provided on the new earbuds, although that’s not to say nothing else is known. Previously, rumors have pointed to up to 8GB of storage and the option to buy in either a black, white, or yellow color.
At present, there’s still no word on how much the new Galaxy Buds will cost although Samsung has been fairly static on this with previous Gear IconX models normally priced between $150 and $200 in the US.
Likewise, although there’s no official word on when Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Buds, it is more than highly likely they will debut alongside the upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone - set to be announced on February 20 and just ahead of when MWC 2019 is due to take place.
Providing there’s no major difference between the design and function of the Galaxy Buds compared to the Gear IconX models, users can once again expect a true wireless listening experience with the option to store music directly on the earbuds, negating the need for a smartphone in general.
With Bluetooth included (expected to be Bluetooth 5.0 based on the SIG certification) users will be able to connect their smartphone, Galaxy S10 or otherwise, and use the earbuds in more of a traditional wireless fashion when required.
As was the case with previous Gear IconX models, the case shown off in the FCC listing is also a charging case and lets the user charge the earbuds when not in use and away from home. A feature that’s now common to audio headset products like this and one that further adds to their true wireless design.
Previous rumors have also pointed to improved battery life although it remains to be seen if those improvements come at the earbud level, the case level, or both.