Galaxy Buds vs. Gear IconX 2018

Last Update date : Sep 21. 2020

Find more about the key differences between the new Samsung Galaxy Buds compared to the previous model Gear IconX. 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 vs. Gear IconX 2018

SPECIFICATIONS

GALAXY BUDS (2019)

GEAR ICONX (2018)

Charging

Wired

Wireless

Device to device charging

Wired charging only

Battery 

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)

Microphone

One outer microphone
+ one inner microphone

Two outer microphones

In-ear Sensor

IR sensor
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor (VSCEL)

IR sensor

Connectivity

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,
SBC

Colors

Black, White, Yellow

Black, Gray, Pink

Others

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.

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