The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are in-ear headphones with a good active noise cancelling (ANC) feature. They're able to isolate more noise than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless, although they still struggle to cut down bass-range noise like engine rumbles. They're also similarly well-built to other Samsung truly wireless headphones, and while we don't currently test for this, they have a higher IPX7 rating for water resistance. Unfortunately, their 4.3-hour continuous battery life falls short of that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are decent for mixed use. They're comfortable, portable, and have a stable fit, which makes them a suitable choice for physical exercise. They also have an ANC feature that can help cut down office chatter around you. However, this feature also struggles to cut down bass-heavy noises like bus and plane engines. Their continuous battery life is somewhat short, too, so you may need to recharge them more often during a long trip or shift at work. While they don't have the most neutral sound out-of-the-box, they can be EQ'd using their companion app.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are satisfactory for neutral sound. They have an excited, V-shaped sound profile, which delivers extra thump and boom while brightening vocals and lead instruments. If you prefer a more neutral sound, their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help customize them to your liking. They also have consistent bass and treble delivery and a comfortable fit.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are good for commute and travel. They're well-built and don't leak too much audio so you can enjoy your audio at high volumes without disturbing others around you. They also have a comfortable fit and they're easily portable. However, their ANC struggles to cut down bass-range noise like bus or plane engine rumbles. They also have a fairly short continuous battery life and may need to be recharged during longer trips.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are great for sports and fitness. Even though they lack stability fins, they have a stable fit that's suitable for moderate exercise. They're also lightweight, comfortable, easily portable, and have a very breathable design so you shouldn't sweat more than normal while wearing them. They have an IPX7 rating for water resistance, too, although we don't currently test for it. However, they lack volume controls by default and offer a limited control scheme.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are fair for office use. They're comfortable and have low leakage so you can enjoy your audio at a high volume without disturbing others around you. They also have a good ANC which can help cut down some ambient chatter. Unfortunately, their 4.3-hour continuous battery life won't make it through a full day at work without a recharge.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, or PS5 consoles. That said, they offer a low latency 'Gaming Mode' if you want to play games on your mobile device.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used on a wired connection.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are alright for phone calls. Their integrated mic can capture your voice clearly, although it sounds a little muffled and distorted. However, it struggles to separate your voice from background noise, which could be a problem if you're talking in a loud environment. Thanks to their ANC feature, they can reduce some unwanted sounds around you so you can focus on your call.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro look somewhat similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. They have a sleek, rounded earbud design with a glossy finish. They're also quite small and don't protrude too much out of your ears. If you prefer a different look, they come in two other color variants that can better match your style.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are comfortable headphones. They're lightweight and have a similar fit to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless but go a little deeper into your ear. However, like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless, there's a little bump on the top of the earbuds that puts some pressure on your ear, which could be fatiguing after some time.
The Samsung Buds Pro have alright controls. They're easy to use on either bud and have a lot of different beeps, depending on your commands. You can tap once to play or pause audio, tap twice to skip the track forward, and tap three times to skip the track backward. You can also touch and hold for two seconds if you want to cycle through turning the ANC on, off, and activating talk-through mode. That said, you can remap this control if you prefer volume control, Spotify, or voice command functions. Unfortunately, the surface is very touch-sensitive, so it's easy to accidentally register a command, even when you're just adjusting the headphones' fit in your ear.
The Samsung Buds Pro have outstanding breathability. Since they have an in-ear fit, they shouldn't trap in too much heat or make you sweat more than normal while you're wearing them.
These headphones are very portable. They can easily be tossed into most pockets when you're on-the-go. Their carrying case is also fairly small, so you shouldn't have a problem taking them with you.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have a great charging case that supports Qi-enabled wireless charging. It feels solid, lightweight, and has a sleek satin finish to match the color scheme of your headphones. There's a light inside the case to indicate the battery life of the buds. There's also another light on the outside of the case to indicate the case's charge. It turns orange when the earbuds are charging, and becomes green when fully charged.
The Samsung Buds Pro have a good build quality. They're made of dense matte plastic with a glossy finish on their exterior side and silicone-like ear tips. They feel sturdy enough to survive a couple of accidental drops without too much of a problem. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless or the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, they're also rated IPX7 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.
The Samsung Buds Pro have a stable fit. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, they lack stability fins. However, they still have a stable fit, and they come with three differently sized pairs of ear tips to help create a good seal. They should stay in place during moderate physical activity.
The Samsung Buds Pro have an excited, V-shaped sound profile. They deliver a thumpy, boomy bass while vocals are bright and sparkly. However, some users may find their mixes sound a bit muddy. If you prefer a different sound, there are EQ presets available via their companion app.
Like most in-ear headphones, the frequency response consistency is outstanding. Once you achieve a proper fit using the included tips, you should experience consistent bass and treble responses every time you use them.
The Samsung Buds Pro have good bass accuracy. It's overemphasized across the entire range, which adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your tracks. However, some users may find their mixes sound muddy.
These headphones have great mid accuracy. There's some overemphasis coming from the bass-range, which makes the low-mids sound muddy and cluttered. However, the rest of the range is very balanced and neutral, resulting in accurate and detailed vocals and lead instruments.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have very good treble accuracy. The low-treble is very flat, which ensures the detail and presence of vocals and lead instruments in your mixes. However, the mid-treble is overemphasized, resulting in piercing sibilants like cymbals.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro's peaks and dips performance is good. There's a large peak between the high-bass and low-mid that makes mixes sound muddy and cluttered, while a dip in the mid-mids nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Another peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like S and T sound piercing.
The Samsung Buds Pro have outstanding imaging. The entire group delay response is well within the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our unit's L/R drivers are also extremely well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, creating a stereo image with accurate placement and localization of objects (such as voices, instruments, and video game effects). However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have a bad passive soundstage, which is very common for closed-back, in-ear headphones. Creating a large and out-of-head soundstage is heavily dependant on sound activating your outer ears. By design, they bypass the outer ear, resulting in a small soundstage that seems like it's coming from inside your head. Since they're also closed-back, they won't sound as spacious as open-back headphones.
These headphones are advertised to only support 360 Audio technology when paired with a compatible Android system. This feature is advertised to deliver 360-degree audio through the earbuds, so objects such as footsteps or voices sound like they're coming from precise areas rather than from all around you. It also has a head tracking feature so even if you look away from your phone or tablet, they can detect your head's movement and play the audio as if you're watching your device. However, we don't currently test these features.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. All frequencies fall within good levels, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
Update 02/05/2021: We have retested these headphones using the R190XXU0AUA5 firmware update. However, there wasn't a significant change in the ANC's overall performance, and as a result, the scoring of this box hasn't changed. You can see the graph of our measurements with both the previous firmware and the new firmware here.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have a good noise isolation performance. With their ANC set to 'High', they cut down a sub-par amount of bass-range noise like bus or plane engines, which isn't great if you commute a lot. However, they do a better job of cutting down ambient chatter as well as a significant amount of high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit.
The Samsung Buds Pro have an excellent leakage performance. You should be able to listen to your audio at high volumes without worrying about disrupting others, even in an office setting.
The Samsung Buds Pro have an integrated mic.
The integrated mic has a decent recording quality. Your voice sounds clear but a little muffled and distorted.
The noise handling of this microphone is sub-par. It struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have sub-par battery life. They offer around 4.3 hours of continuous playback time, which is shorter than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. Luckily, if you need more battery life, their case offers an additional 2.5 charges. You can also use either bud while the other one charges. They're advertised to have a quick charge feature, which can give you one hour of playtime when charged for five minutes, but we don't currently test this feature. That said, battery performance can vary according to usage, so your real-life experiences may be different. If you're looking for a pair of truly wireless headphones that have a longer total battery life, try the TOZO NC2 Truly Wireless.
The Samsung Buds Pro's companion app is decent. It's only available on Android and it allows you to change EQ presets, remap controls, manage voice controls, and activate Bixby, Samsung's virtual assistant. You can also activate 'Gaming Mode', which is advertised to help lower their latency while gaming, and adjust talk-through, so you can keep listening to audio while talking to others.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have decent Bluetooth connectivity. They support Bluetooth 5.0 but unfortunately, you won't be able to pair them with more than one device at a time. They also don't support NFC pairing. While they have high latency on PCs, their latency on iOS and Android is a lot lower, which is great if you like to stream video. They also have a gaming mode via their companion app that's advertised to lower their latency. We measured 69ms of latency on Android using this mode, which is quite low. However, the companion app is only available on Android devices, and don't know how this mode may affect iOS devices. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.
These headphones are Bluetooth-only.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro can't be used wired. They come with a USB-C to USB-A charging cable to recharge their carrying case.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro can only be used on Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but have high latency so they aren't recommended for gaming. They aren't compatible at all with PS4 or PS5 consoles.
These earbuds are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with Xbox One or Xbox Series X consoles.
The Samsung Buds Pro's carrying case provides around 2.5 additional charges. It can be recharged using its USB-C cable or wirelessly via a Qi-enabled charger. You can also place it on the back of a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone for wireless charging. It doesn't have any additional inputs, though.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro come in three color variants: 'Phantom Black', 'Phantom Silver', and 'Phantom Violet'. We tested the Phantom Black variant, and you can see their label here. However, we expect all color variants to perform similarly to our model.
If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are truly wireless headphones with an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature. This feature performs better than that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless and can cut down a good amount of noise around you. They also support 360 Audio with compatible smartphones, although we don't currently test this. However, their battery performance is sub-par and only lasts around 4.3 hours compared to the over 13 hours offered by the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. Check out our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear headphones, the best wireless earbuds for Android, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless are somewhat better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Jabra are better-built, have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and offer a better overall battery performance. They also have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak its sound to your liking, and support multi-device pairing. However, the Samsung's ANC does a better job of cutting down noise around you.
The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are similarly performing headphones and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Sony are more neutral out-of-the-box, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ plus presets if you like to tweak their sound. They also have longer-lasting continuous battery life. However, the Samsung are more comfortable and stable. Their ANC can also cut down more ambient noise around you.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Buds+ have a more stable in-ear fit, a better-balanced sound profile, and longer-lasting continuous battery life with a standby mode to help conserve battery life when not in use. However, some users may prefer the Pro's ANC feature, which can help cut down some ambient noise around you.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Samsung are more comfortable, are more neutral out-of-the-box, and their ANC can isolate against more noise around you. However, the Sennheiser are better-built, and their companion app has a graphic EQ.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Pro are more comfortable and have a better-balanced sound profile right out-of-the-box. Their ANC can reduce more ambient noise around you, and their integrated mic offers better overall performance. However, the Live have longer-lasting continuous battery life.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple feel better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, and their ANC feature can reduce even more ambient noise around you. They also have longer total battery life. However, the Samsung have EQ presets as well as two ANC levels via their companion app.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable and have a better-balanced sound profile. They also have an ANC feature that can reduce some background noise around you and a better performing integrated mic. However, the Anker have longer-lasting continuous battery life and their companion app offers a graphic EQ.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable, stable, and portable. They also work with a companion app that gives you access to an EQ and presets. However, the Beats feel better-built and have a more neutral sound profile. Their ANC is also able to block more noise.