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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs Galaxy Buds 2: What's the difference?

Sibling rivalry means better features for you at the end of the day.
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August 27, 2022
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in graphite sitting inside of their case to the left of the Galaxy Buds 2 in graphite inside of their (white) case on a table.
Zak Khan / Android Authority

Samsung’s product catalog now contains both Pro and non-Pro versions of the Galaxy Buds 2, but how different are these two models? The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are newer than the Galaxy Buds 2, but is there anything else they do differently?

It might seem like Samsung is competing against itself. As it turns out, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Galaxy Buds 2 have a few key differences despite the confusingly similar names. We’ll take a look at some of them here and see how they compare.


Design

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in graphite sitting outside of their case to the left of the Galaxy Buds 2 in graphite outside of their (white) case on a table.
Zak Khan / Android Authority

These two models are very similar regarding overall shape and design. Both are small, roughly oval earbuds with silicone ear tips attached to one end. There is less of a pronounced stem to attach the ear tips on the Buds 2 Pro, and there’s more mass just above this area, whereas the Buds 2 don’t have these. The Buds 2 come in Graphite, Bora Purple, White, and Olive, while the Buds 2 Pro have the first three available, but not the last.

The Buds 2 Pro abandon all shiny surfaces and, in turn, are a bit easier to grip.

Samsung says the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are 15% smaller than their previous iteration and they have better airflow. They also boast an IPX7 rating, so in addition to withstanding sweat, they may survive a plunge into water for up to 30 minutes. The Buds 2, in contrast, only have an IPX2 rating, meaning they can only deal with some light spraying water.

As for battery life, Samsung claims five hours of playback time with ANC enabled for the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro or up to eight hours without ANC. The Buds 2 are also rated to get up to five hours of listening time with ANC on. The earbuds on both models are rated at around 61mAh, but the Buds 2 charging case is 472mAh, while the Buds 2 Pro charging case is 512mAh, so there will be a slight difference in longevity. Both earbud models let you use wireless Qi charging, Samsung PowerShare, or USB-C to top up the case and buds.


Features

Both of these are Samsung earbuds and hence are designed to work best with Galaxy devices. They will also work with other Android phones, but some features will be missing.

Regarding Bluetooth codecs, you get AAC and SBC support when connecting to most devices, while Galaxy phone owners can take advantage of the Samsung Scalable codec. On Samsung phones, you also get automatic device switching, but the Buds 2 Pro add that feature to Samsung TVs too. The Galaxy Wearables app, which lets you control Samsung buds, is exclusive to Android phones, so neither model is ideal for iPhone users.

Controls

Both the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and the Galaxy Buds 2 feature multifunctional touch controls. Samsung’s buds tend to have highly sensitive touch controls — verging on oversensitive, in fact. Both of these models use the Galaxy Wearables app to configure gestures. You can assign certain taps and tap-and-hold actions to modify the noise-cancelling settings, turn on ambient mode, switch EQ presets, and more.

On the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, SmartThings Find can let you know if you leave your earbuds behind, even when offline. Bixby is available on both sets of buds, along with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. An ear tip test is also available for both models and does a pretty good job at determining how well the buds fit inside your ears.

Noise-cancelling

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in graphite outside of the case next to the Buds 2 in graphite outside of their cases sitting on a table seen from the front.
Zak Khan / Android Authority

Active noise-cancelling is another area of refinement for the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. While it’s not a revolution, the manufacturer claims the Buds 2 Pro can offer an extra 3dB of attenuation when compared to their predecessor and “intelligent noise-cancelling.” We’ll have to test these claims, as it’s unclear whether the attenuation is across every frequency as an average value or for a particular range. But for comparison, the previous Buds Pro already edged out the AirPods Pro in this department. The Buds 2 actually have better noise-cancelling than the previous-generation Buds Pro, and they still perform well even by today’s standards.

Both earbuds should offer solid isolation as long as you can get a good seal with the included silicone ear tips. Again, the Buds 2 have better isolation than the original Buds Pro, but the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro claim to be smaller, lighter, and better fitting, while reducing rotation and ear pressure, which could help in that regard.

Sound

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in graphite outside of the case next to the Buds 2 in graphite outside of their cases sitting on a table seen from the back.
Zak Khan / Android Authority

We have not yet had the opportunity to fully test the newly launched Buds 2 Pro, but if their previous version are anything to go off of, they will produce a solid frequency response that most people will like. The new version includes support for 360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos on Galaxy phones. The Buds 2 also support spatial audio, though the head tracking is said to be improved on the newer model.

Both earbuds only let you use EQ presets to tweak their sound profiles. That said, our tests found the previous Galaxy Buds Pro to have a consumer-friendly frequency response curve, along with the Buds 2, so we don’t anticipate the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will deviate dramatically from these. The new generation has support for 24-bit audio playback with Galaxy devices as well, while the Buds 2 don’t have this feature.


Price and colors

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
25%off
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Compact design
5-hour battery life
Solid sound quality
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Excellent ANC
Good quality audio
Fast charging earbuds

The Galaxy Buds 2 originally launched at $149; these days, you can get them for around $75. They come in White, Graphite, Olive, or Bora Purple.

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are now available for pre-order at $229.99. You can snag them in White, Graphite, or Bora Purple. The official launch date is August 26, 2022.


Specs

Galaxy Buds 2 ProGalaxy Buds 2
Dimensions
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Earbud: 19.9 x 21.6 x 18.7mm
Case: 50.1 x 50.2 x 27.7mm
Galaxy Buds 2
Earbud: 17.0 x 20.9 x 21.1mm
Case: 50.2 x 50.0 x 27.8mm
Weights
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Earbud: 5.6g
Case: 39.6g
Galaxy Buds 2
Earbud: 5.0g
Case: 41.2g
Bluetooth connectivity
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Bluetooth 5.3
SBC, AAC, Samsung Scalable Codec
Galaxy Buds 2
Bluetooth 5.2
SBC, AAC, Samsung Scalable Codec
Water resistance
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
IPX7
Galaxy Buds 2
IPX2
Battery size
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Earbud: 61mAh
Charging case: 515mAh
Galaxy Buds 2
Earbud: 61mAh
Charging case: 472mAh
Listening time
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
5 hours with ANC, 8 hours without ANC
With case: 18 hours with ANC, 29 hours without ANC
Galaxy Buds 2
5 hours with ANC, 7.5 hours without ANC
With case: 20 hours with ANC, 29 hours without ANC
Talk time
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
3.5 hours with ANC, 4 hours without ANC
With case: 14 hours with ANC, 15 hours without ANC
Galaxy Buds 2
3.5 hours with or without ANC
With case: 13 hours with ANC, 14 hours without ANC
Charging
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
USB-C
Wireless
Galaxy Buds 2
USB-C
Wireless
Speakers and microphones
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
2-Way Woofer and Tweeter
Three Microphones
Galaxy Buds 2
2-Way Woofer and Tweeter
Three Microphones
Device compatibility
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Android 7.0 or later
1.5GB of RAM or more
iOS: Bluetooth only
Windows 10: Galaxy Buds app
TV: Samsung 2022 TVs and later
Galaxy Buds 2
Android 7.0 or later
1.5GB of RAM or more
iOS: Bluetooth only
Windows 10: PC Buds Manager
Colors
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
White, Graphite, Bora Purple
Galaxy Buds 2
White, Graphite, Olive, Bora Purple

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro vs Galaxy Buds 2: Which should you buy?

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offer some welcome refinements to Samsung’s earbuds line, and overall they make for a good pick for most people. With improved ANC, support for more spatial audio formats, and a grippier surface, they may not break new ground, but they do evolve in the right direction.

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However, the Galaxy Buds 2 are far cheaper nowadays. So if cost is your major concern, they still have a handy set of features and solid ANC. Of course, Galaxy phone owners will be the ones to get the most out of either pair of earbuds.