Galaxy Buds 3: Release Date, Features, Rumors & Leaks

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Samsung Galaxy Buds have consistently maintained their position as one of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds in the market, thanks to their sound quality and seamless integration with the Samsung technology ecosystem.

Samsung is planning to introduce Galaxy Buds 3 this summer, with leaks hinting it will have a major iteration away from the current Galaxy Buds 2 and other models.

In store? An Apple Pods-like shape, and the first software builds spotted in the wild, and changes including improved Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) and bigger battery capacity.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy Buds 3, including its rumored features, designs, specs, and potential release date.

Key Takeaways

  • Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy Buds 3 this summer. It will feature significant design changes and improved features over the Galaxy Buds 2.
  • Leaks suggest the Galaxy Buds 3 will have a new stem design similar to Apple AirPods, improved Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), and a larger battery.
  • The Galaxy Buds 3 may also include advanced AI functions like live language translation (not yet confirmed).
  • An expected announcement during the Galaxy Unpacked event on July 10, 2024, with a potential release in August.

What are the Galaxy Buds 3?

Next-gen Wireless Earbuds from Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 series are the upcoming wireless Bluetooth earbuds from Samsung Electronics. They are poised to succeed the current Galaxy Buds 2 line of products.

Tarun Vats, a popular tipster, tweeted on X in February that the Galaxy Buds 3 and Galaxy Buds 3 Pro first test builds have been spotted on Samsung servers, with build versions R530XXU0AXBE and R630XXU0AXBF for the two, respectively.

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Rumors suggest that at least one of the new Galaxy Buds 3 series will have a new design different from the usual kidney-bean shape we have seen in the predecessors.

Famed leaker Evan Blass, better known as evleaks, has given us a mosaic-like glimpse of what we expect to see post-Unpacked… Do we prefer the Apple beansprout look? Or would we rather Samsung stays with the kidney beans shape?

When will the Galaxy Buds 3 come out?

Estimated Release Date: August 2024

It seems like the Galaxy Buds 3 announcement date has been fixed. While the next Galaxy Unpacked event is expected to kick off on July 10, the big question is; will Galaxy Buds 3 be among the products to be announced on that date? We think it is safe to say: “Yes”, since Samsung usually launches the Galaxy Z Foldables alongside their Samsung Wearables every Summer.

Another recent leak on X from popular Samsung leaker, The Galox, already listed Galaxy Buds 3 and Galaxy Buds 3 Pro as two of the many Galaxy products to be announced on July 10.

So, if Samsung eventually announces Galaxy Buds 3 during this 2024 Summer Unpacked event in Paris, then we expect the product to hit the market by August.

Galaxy Buds 3 Features

New Design, improved ANC, AI Features, Bigger Battery

South Korean news site Chosun also suggests the most significant change in the Galaxy Buds 3 will be the introduction of a kidney bean-shaped stem design, departing from the current stemless in-ear design of the Galaxy Buds 2.

The Chosun report also hinted that the idea behind the new design is to improve call quality since the microphones will now be placed at the end of the stems, closer to the face. This will also improve the ANC.

The redesign could also enhance the fit for many users because the new stem will allow for slimmer earbuds which reduces the bulkiness.

The report alos suggests than an increase in the physical size of the buds themselves opens the door for larger batteries.

There are also rumors about some improvements in Galaxy AI functions such as live language translation functions which are limited in the current edition of Samsung earbuds. However, we can’t confirm whether Galaxy Buds 3 or Buds 3 Pro will be getting this AI-powered translation feature.

It is important to note that these are still speculations, as Samsung has not made an official statement on what we will see in the upcoming Galaxy Buds 3 lineup. But, we hope the rumored redesign turns out great.

Galaxy Buds 3 Price

Estimated launch price: $149.99

Samsung may likely keep up with its track record of releasing relatively affordable earbuds for the Galaxy Buds 3. The original Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds 2 both launched at $149.99. So, if Samsung follows this trend of keeping pricing static into their next generation of earbuds, expect Galaxy Buds 3 to launch at $149.99.

However, it’s worth noting that with the recent price increase in raw materials for consumer electronics, Samsung may decide to raise the price a bit to keep up with the rising inflation.

Still, Samsung will likely remain eager to keep the Galaxy Buds 3 price under or at the same range as its rival, Apple AirPods 3, which launched at $179.

Galaxy Buds 2 vs Galaxy Buds 3

Rumors suggest there will be notable changes in Galaxy Buds 3. While this earbud is not out yet, here is how it may likely compare with the Galaxy Buds 2.

Features/Design Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Samsung Galaxy Buds 3
Design Stemless with kidney-bean shape Rumored to come with longer stem like a bean sprout
AI-powered translation No May likely get this feature in Pro version
Active Noise Cancelation Yes Yes, will likely improve further
Colors Olive, Lavender, White, Graphite, Onyx Likely going to launch with Buds 2 colors plus newer hues
IP rating IPX2 May come with higher rating like IPX4
Starting Price $149.99 Might launch at $149.99 or higher

Will there be Galaxy Buds 3 Pro?

Samsung has always released a Pro version of all the Galaxy Buds they have launched. There is no sign they will stop the trend with Galaxy Buds 3.

Multiple sources have already said that Galaxy Buds 3 will launch alongside Galaxy Buds 3 Pro.

Tarun Vats, a popular Android leaker on X, confirmed this in a tweet earlier this year. He shared the model numbers of the upcoming Galaxy Buds to be SM-R630 and SM-R530 for Galaxy Buds 3 Pro and Buds 3 respectively.

The Bottom Line

The anticipation surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 is palpable among Galaxy fans. The rumored redesign will certainly bring a new breath to the Galaxy Buds 3 series.

While we already have a good ANC in Galaxy Buds 2, the redesign in Galaxy Buds 3 will surely improve ANC and call quality further.

Samsung has the final say, and we hope their intentions for Galaxy Buds 3 turn out to please the fans.

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Franklin Okeke
Technology Journalist
Franklin Okeke
Technology Journalist

Franklin Okeke is an author and tech journalist with over seven years of IT experience. Coming from a software development background, his writing spans cybersecurity, AI, cloud computing, IoT, and software development. In addition to pursuing a Master's degree in Cybersecurity & Human Factors from Bournemouth University, Franklin has two published books and four academic papers to his name. His writing has been featured in tech publications such as TechRepublic, The Register, Computing, TechInformed, Moonlock and other top technology publications. When he is not reading or writing, Franklin trains at a boxing gym and plays the piano.