Samsung Galaxy Buds + vs AirPods 2: Technical Comparison

In mid-February Samsung its new range of high-end phones, accompanied by a new renewed wireless headphones. In the latter we must stop, since without a doubt we are facing the direct competitor of the Apple AirPods. In this article we will try to analyze the main differences between these two teams that will undoubtedly give much to talk about in the future.

Samsung bets on a ‘light’ renewal of its headphones

With the launch of the new generation of Samsung Galaxy S phones, we all expected a completely renewed headset. But this has not been the case since the South Korean company has opted for a renewal. That is why this time the Galaxy Buds have earned the ‘+’ sign at the end of their name. This is why seeing their technical characteristics, and in the absence of testing them in person, these headphones compete directly with the second-generation Apple AirPods.


We still have to wait for a worthy competitor to be born in Samsung for the AirPods Pro. The main difference we can find, apart from the price, is that the Galaxy Buds + do not have any type of noise cancellation. This is something that undoubtedly surprises us many since we expected great changes in these headphones but that apparently have been locked in a drawer to take them out in the future.

Main technical differences Galaxy Buds +, AirPods and AirPods Pro

We have not yet had the pleasure of trying these headphones to assess the sound quality to make a comparison, but we can make a comparison at the level of technical characteristics. In the following table that we have designed in a special way we can clearly see the points where there is a clear difference between the different models of headphones. Although we wanted to leave a space for the AirPods Pro, we must keep in mind that these Galaxy Buds + compete directly with the second generation AirPods.

Galaxy Buds +AirpodsAirPods Pro
Case Size38.8 x 70 x 26.5 mm53.4 × 44.3 × 21.3 mm45.2 x 60.6 x 21.7 mm
Ear weight6.3 g4 g5.4 g
Cancellation of


Do notDo notYes
ResistanceIPX2Do notIPX4
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Endurance11 hours and 22 hours

with case

5 hours and +24 hours

with case

4.5 hours and +24 hours

with case

Type of loadWireless and USB-CLightning with option


Wireless and Lightning
ColorsBlack, white and blueOnly whiteOnly white
Price€ 139179€ 249

Regarding autonomy, we see how Apple headphones are a little ahead. The Galaxy Buds can hold with the charging case just 22 hours while the AirPods more than 24 hours. What Samsung earns without a doubt is that with a single charge the headphones hold up to 11 hours but we believe that this is something unnecessary since we will rarely pass with headphones on for almost half a day.

Noise cancellation, a difference more than remarkable

Undoubtedly there were many lovers of the company who were finally waiting for headphones that were at the height of the AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation, but they should continue waiting. Samsung has decided not to launch a product with this feature for unknown reasons although it is possible that in the future it will. Apart from this we see very similar characteristics, focusing on the resistance section, where Samsung headphones can get slightly wet while Apple’s do not have this feature, except for AirPods Pro that have IPX4 protection.

Price very similar to Apple AirPods

Something that has caught our attention is that the price difference between the Galaxy Buds + and the AirPods . We see a difference of about forty euros, although if we keep one of the offers we have on Amazon, we can reduce that difference to only 10 euros. This means that users must decide what type of model to stay with, although obviously if you are a lover of the Apple ecosystem you are going to keep the AirPods. Keep in mind that both AirPods and Galaxy Buds + can be used on both Android and iOS.