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Samsung might release new Gear IconX earbuds this year

If the report is true, Samsung will release the updated IconX earbuds sometime this year.

Published onJanuary 4, 2019

According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on new Gear IconX true wireless earbuds. The company will reportedly release the updated earbuds sometime this year.

Anonymous sources claim that the updated IconX earbuds come with model number SM-R170. They also claim that the earbuds feature 8GB of internal storage. That’s double the amount of storage we’ve seen in Samsung smartwatches and previous IconX models.

Finally, the updated IconX reportedly comes in three colors: black, white, and yellow. The current version of the IconX comes in black, pink, and gray.

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Not much else is known about Samsung’s upcoming wireless earbuds. We can guess that Samsung will use Galaxy branding instead of the Gear branding used in older IconX models.

We can also guess that the updated IconX features AKG branding and tuning. Samsung flagship smartphones released in the last two years feature AKG-tuned speakers and AKG-branded earbuds.

Released in 2016, the original Gear IconX earbuds arrived during a time when true wireless earbuds were just taking off. Even though battery life was poor and they were difficult to control, the original IconX earbuds had plenty of potential.

Samsung followed up its freshman effort with the Gear IconX (2018). Samsung made improvements across the board with the newer earbuds, though the touch controls remain a bit finicky.

We can be sure that the upcoming IconX earbuds feature even more improvements. We just don’t know what those improvements look like just yet.

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