What are the differences between Galaxy Buds and Gear IconX?

Last Update date : Nov 23. 2020

The Galaxy Buds go a step further to provide an improved performance. Highlights include improved battery life and new charging methods and sensors.



Galaxy Buds (2019)

Gear IconX (2018)




Device to device charging 

Wired charging only 


Playback Time

Total 13 hours
(earbuds 6 hours + case 7 hours)


Talk Time

Total 11 hours
(earbuds 5 hours + case 6 hours) 

Playback Time

Total 10 hours
(earbuds 5 hours + case 5 hours)


Talk Time

Total 8 hours
(earbuds 4 hours + case 4 hours) 


One outer microphone
+ one inner microphone

Two outer microphones 

In-ear Sensor 

IR sensor
Proximity sensor (VSCEL) 

IR sensor 


Bluetooth 5.0 

Bluetooth 4.2 

Bixby control

Phone + Galaxy Buds function 

Phone function 

Supported Codec

Samsung Scalable Audio & Speech Codec1, SBC, AAC 

Samsung Scalable Audio Codec1,


Black, White, Yellow 

Black, Gray, Pink 


Ambient Sound, Touch UX 

Ambient Sound, Touch UX 

1 Samsung Scalable Codec is supported on Samsung smartphones and tables with Android OS version 7.1 (Nougat) or higher.



- Galaxy Buds (Hong-Kong version) sold separately.

- All features can be subject to change.

- This document is only applicable to Galaxy Buds (Hong-Kong version).

- This document was updated in March 2019 and for reference only.

- All specifications and descriptions provided herein may be different from the actual specifications and descriptions for the product. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this document and the product described herein, at anytime, without obligation on Samsung to provide notification of such change. All functionality, features, specifications, GUI and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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