Samsung launches its first Galaxy Buds FE

Samsung’s latest wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds FE, come at an enticing price point of just $100, marking a new affordability standard within the Galaxy Buds lineup. These earbuds were unveiled alongside Samsung’s other FE devices, the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE. Available in both white and graphite colours, they will be up for purchase starting October 10 through and major retailers.

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Prior to this release, Samsung’s Galaxy wireless earbuds options included the $150 Galaxy Buds Live, the $150 Galaxy Buds 2, and the flagship $230 Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. With the introduction of the Galaxy Buds FE, Samsung offers a more budget-friendly choice without compromising on essential features such as active noise cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes.

Samsung promises “powerful bass” that delivers deep and rich sound, ensuring a music experience aligned with the artist’s intent. The Buds FE also excel in battery life, boasting up to six hours with ANC activated and extending to 8.5 hours when ANC is off. When you factor in the charging case, these numbers increase to an impressive 21 and 30 hours, respectively.

Ergonomics take centre stage with the Buds FE, featuring a novel design that combines three sizes of silicone ear tips and two sizes of wingtips—an unprecedented addition to the Galaxy lineup. Touch controls, familiar to Samsung users, are also present.

Regarding water protection, the Buds FE are rated at IPX2, providing minimal resistance to moisture. For those seeking greater protection, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with an IPX7 rating would be a better fit. Samsung enthusiasts will appreciate the seamless integration of exclusive features, including effortless pairing, automatic switching between previously connected Samsung devices like phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs, and the convenience of SmartThings Find, which assists in locating misplaced earbuds.

One notable omission from the Buds FE’s features, likely to maintain affordability, is wireless charging. Consequently, users won’t have the option to charge the earbud case using a Qi charging pad or employ reverse wireless charging from a Samsung phone.