Update (January 29, 2019): After bagging Bluetooth certification last week, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds with model number SM-R170 have now appeared on the FCC website. The FCC filings reveal the earbuds will be bundled with an EP-QR170 cradle. While the earbuds are rated for 5V 150mA, the cradle will support 5V 500mA charging. Apart from these details, however, there is no other new information that has been revealed by the FCC filings.
The Bluetooth SIG has certified new Samsung Galaxy Buds with the model number SM-R170. According to a report published by the folks over at SamMobile a few weeks back, this could be the upcoming 2019 IconX earbuds.
Samsung 2019 IconX Earbuds Launching Soon?
The SM-R170 Bluetooth certification reveals the 2019 IconX earbuds will support the Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy standard. In comparison, the current IconX wireless earbuds support the Bluetooth 4.2 standard. While no other details have been revealed so far, the certification suggests the earbuds may be officially announced soon. According to the previous SamMobile report, the 2019 IconX earbuds will be available in three color options at launch: Black, White, and Yellow. A key highlight of the upcoming earbuds will be 8GB of internal storage. That’s twice as much as the current Gear IconX and also higher than any Samsung smartwatch released so far. Samsung claims the Gear IconX can store up to 1,000 songs with its 4GB of built-in storage, so the Galaxy IconX should be able to store up to 2,000 songs with its upgraded onboard storage. Unlike its predecessor, however, the 2019 IconX earbuds are expected to carry the Galaxy branding. Another possibility is that the 2019 version may be tuned by AKG, which would mean the earbuds will be significantly more expensive than the current model.
In terms of battery life, the Gear IconX delivers up to seven hours of MP3 listening time and up to five hours of Bluetooth battery life from a single charge. We can expect the 2019 Galaxy IconX earbuds to offer slightly improved battery life. The case is also likely to pack a bigger integrated battery and retain the fast charging support. In other areas, we can expect the Galaxy IconX to be similar to the 2018 version. You can expect to see touchpad controls on each bud for accessing your favorite voice assistant, answering phone calls, playing music, or have the earbuds help you achieve workout goals.