Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Feature Audio Perks, but Only for Galaxy Phones
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Like the previous Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung's pumping up how the wireless earbuds support what it calls 360 audio, which should allow for a surround-sound experience. But to make use of this, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro need to be connected to a supported Galaxy phone with at least Android 8.0 and Samsung's One UI 4.1 overlay.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also support 24-bit hi-fi audio, but that feature also requires a Galaxy phone that has Samsung's One UI 4.0 or above.
Aside from those Galaxy-only enhancements, the wireless buds do have active noise cancellation and a battery rated for five hours with noise cancellation on -- which can stretch to 20 hours using the charging case. Without noise cancellation, the buds can last eight hours, stretching to 30 hours using the case.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have a water resistance level of IPX7 for water and sweat, making them good for the gym or a rainy day, and they come in three colors: Bora purple, white and graphite.
Watch this: Watch Samsung Introduce Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The Galaxy Buds line often has inventive designs (I'm still looking for a sequel to the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live), but it's a bummer that it's continuing the industry trend of requiring a matching phone for the best sound quality. Google's new Pixel Buds Pro also require a Pixel phone for its spatial audio, and Apple is fairly notorious for including all kinds of perks for AirPods users when paired with Apple's devices.