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Samsung Galaxy Buds pop up on Bluetooth SIG: Gear IconX to get a new name?

The new device offers support for Bluetooth 5.0, but are we merely looking at Samsung's 2019 Gear IconX ear buds?

Published onJanuary 25, 2019

The Samsung Gear iconX buds - new name Galaxy Buds

Bluetooth earbuds have become another trendy device category for mobile manufacturers, as the likes of Google, HMD Global and Samsung all now offer their own products. Today, it looks like the latter company is readying its next take, possibly called Galaxy Buds.

A filing for “Galaxy Buds” popped up on the Bluetooth SIG website earlier, noting the product was a “Samsung Smart Wearable.” The listing also reveals the new hardware will support Bluetooth 5.0.

The model number in the filing (SM-R170) seems to line up with a previous claim by SamMobile. The Samsung-focused outlet noted at the time that these were the 2019 Gear IconX earbuds. It’s unclear if Samsung will keep the IconX name or if they’ll adopt the Galaxy Buds name per the Bluetooth listing.

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We’d expect a new generation of Samsung earbuds to support Bixby for voice commands, much like the company’s previous buds. However, the confirmation of Bluetooth 5.0 means the new hardware has at least one improvement over the 2018 IconX (which used Bluetooth 4.2).

Our sister website Soundguys found the 2018 Gear IconX to be a pretty solid pair of buds, but noted that battery life was its fatal flaw. Additionally, the website’s Adam Molina said the touch-sensitive pads were “fundamentally flawed”. Hopefully, Samsung addresses these issues with the Galaxy Buds, or whatever they end up being called.

What would you like to see from Samsung’s new Bluetooth buds? Let us know in the comments!

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