Samsung Is Reportedly Ditching The Active Noise Cancellation Feature From The Galaxy Buds+

The second-gen earbuds are likely to make their appearance at Samsung’s Unpacked event next month, and there are a few tweaks incoming.

Twitter leaker Ice Universe has said that the Galaxy Buds+ won’t feature active noise cancellation (ANC) – something that was expected to roll out to improve the sound quality over the last model. It’s a feature present in Apple’s AirPods, so that’s a bit of a bugger right there. Apparently the audio quality has been improved over all, but it sounds like the earbuds won’t be too much of a step-up from the OG Galaxy Buds.

There is some measure of upgrading going on though, with reports of substantially increased battery life on the way. The original Galaxy Buds attempted to outdo Apple’s AirPods in the battery department, offering up six hours of music streaming or five hours of talk time on a single charge, compared to the AirPods’ five hours of music and two hours of talk time. Sources say that the new Galaxy Buds will offer twice that of the previous model, with a generous 12 hours on a single charge.

A second improvement will see the addition of two extra mics, bringing the total up to four, for increased call quality, but without the ANC, it might not be enough to sway existing Samsung customer to upgrade from their Galaxy Buds, or lure new buyers who can get the feature from Apple’s AirPods. There’s not long to wait before we get official word, with Unpacked set for February 12. [Engadet]

This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.