Galaxy Buds vs. Gear IconX 2018

Last Update Date : Mar 19. 2019

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







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.


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