At its Galaxy Unpacked event today, Samsung announced several new devices. While it was headline by the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, and supported by the anticipated Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. The Galaxy Buds 2 also received its official unveiling. The product will have a retail price of $149.99 and will be available in four different colors, namely White, Olive, Graphite, and Lavender, and they go on sale starting August 27th.
And though information about this product has not been a well-kept secret — with an unboxing video floating around the internet well before today — here is our compilation of everything you need to know about this accessory to help you decide whether these are worth your money or not.
Galaxy Buds 2 features a new product design that has allowed Samsung to make these the smallest and lightest in the entire Galaxy Buds series. They retain elements from the Galaxy Buds and Buds Plus and merge them with a new design ideology that gives them a simpler look. They feature a matte finish along the entire body and the case while glossy on the outside has an interior of the same shade as the earbuds. To ensure you can use these in most scenarios, Samsung continues to offer an IPX2 rating with this design.
But the reduced size does not mean Samsung is willing to give up on performance. To ensure that Buds 2 do not disappoint interested buyers, Samsung has included a dynamic 2-way speaker system that includes a woofer-tweeter pairing and has brought hardware to enable ANC, which it claims can cut external sound by up to 98 percent. The earbuds will offer three levels of ambient sound control if you do not want to isolate yourself from the surrounding environment, and an update to the Galaxy Wearable app will bring a new Fit Test which will help you find the right ear tips for your ears.
For those of you, who depend upon their earbuds for calls, Samsung will now use a triple microphone array that uses beamforming to focus on your voice and separate it from the background noise. The Korean giant also stated that it’s applying Machine Learning solutions for this process.
Battery Life on Galaxy Buds 2
Being the lightest earbuds that Samsung has ever shipped, the Galaxy Buds 2 have taken a hit when looking at overall battery life, compared to 11 hours of the previous generation, the new earbuds will offer five hours of listening with ANC activated and seven and a half with it turned off. Add the case to this equation, and you will have 20 hours and 29 hours, respectively.
But like the Galaxy Buds Plus, the new case still features Qi Wireless Charging, if Wireless PowerShare is a feature you often use.
The Galaxy Buds 2 seem to be a well-rounded package for the price you will have to pay. Its new lightweight design and par for course battery life, along with a conveniently sized case, make it a product worth considering as a companion for your smartphone, especially if you are looking to add ANC to your experience without spending too much.
For interested iPhone users, Samsung says to modify earbud controls having an Android phone is a strict requirement. But the changes made will then carry over to a paired iPhone. What are your thoughts about this new accessory? Let us know with your comments below.
And if you are interested in any of the new foldable devices announced today, especially the Galaxy Z Flip 3, make sure to read our report on everything it has to offer and our guides on the best cases and deals available for the device.
Best deals today: M2 13-inch MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy products and more
M2 13-inch MacBook Pro
We start today’s deals with Apple’s M2-powered MacBook Pro, which currently receives a 12 percent discount. Usually fetching for $1,299, the latest version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a $1,149 price tag on its Space Gray color option, which means you can get your new laptop and save $150. This will also get you 8GB RAM, 256GB storage space, a 13-inch Retina Display, a backlit keyboard, and more.
However, you can also opt for a more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro model that now sells for $1,900 after seeing a $100 discount on its 512GB storage model that’s powered by Apple’s M1 Pro chip with an 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, and 16GB RAM.
If you’re looking for more affordable options, you can still get your hands on a new M1-powered MacBook Air for just $850 after a $150 discount, or get the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro for just $799 after scoring a very compelling 24 percent discount that will help you keep $250 in your pocket.
13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same old design but comes with the all-new second-generation Apple M2 chipset. The new chipset offers 20% better CPU performance than the last generation and a lot more.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Next up, we have the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra that is now receiving up to $277 savings, representing a 21 percent discount. This amazing smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB RAM, and 256GB storage space. You also get an elegant design that resembles the long-gone Galaxy Note series.
However, you can also opt for the more affordable Galaxy S22 Plus which now sells for $800 after picking up a $250 discount. Or get last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE that now sells for $500 with $100 savings. And if you want the best savings available on a new Galaxy phone, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 that now sells for $1,200 after receiving a $600 discount representing 33 percent savings.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the best Android devices available on the market. It features top-of-the-line specs, tons of power, an extraordinary camera, stylus support, and other great features.
Garmin Instinct Solar
Moving on to wearables, we have spotted some incredible savings on the Garmin Instinct Solar, which is now available for $260. This smartwatch normally sells for $350, so you can get yours and score $90 savings. It comes with a rugged design, which makes it perfect for those who love outdoor activities, and solar charging capabilities to help your battery last longer.
Other options include the Garmin Vivoactive 4, which now sells for $265. This model also comes with tons of sensors and features to keep track of your activities, and the best part is that it looks a bit more elegant, so you can wear it anywhere you want. It is currently receiving a 20 percent discount, which means you can save more than $65 if you choose to get one. And if you’re looking for something even more budget-friendly, check out the Garmin Venu Sq that now goes for $170 after receiving a $20 discount.
Garmin Instinct Solar
The Garmin Instinct Solar is an excellent alternative for those looking for a tough watch compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Plus, its advanced health monitors are a great tool for those users who love to track their progress in various activities.
Beats Studio Buds
Another great deal comes with the Beats Studio Buds that now sell for $100 after picking up a 33 percent discount representing $50 savings. The Beats Studio Buds come in five different color options, and the best part is that this deal applies to every single variant. In addition, these fantastic earbuds feature active noise cancelation, transparency mode, up to 24 hours of battery life, and IPX4 water and sweat resistance.
And you can also consider picking up a new pair of Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbud Headphones that now sell for $148 on both color options, which means you can enjoy these new earbuds and still get to save $51.99.
Beats Studio Buds
The Beats Studio Buds feature amazing class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts, active noise canceling, up to 24 hours of battery life with their charging case, and more.
Hisense A6 Series
Finally, you will also be able to take a new smart TV home for as low as 230 when you go for a new 43-inch Hisense A6 Series 4K UHD Smart Google TV, as it s currently receiving an 18 percent discount that will help you save $40. However, savings will vary depending on the display size you go for, as the best deal comes with the 55-inch version that is also receiving an 18 percent discount, which translates to more than $61 savings. In other words, you can take this model home for just $288, which is kinda great considering that Hisense delivers excellent products. And if you want the largest model, get ready to pay $618 after the latest $91 discount.
However, you can also add a new 64GB version of the Apple TV 4K to the package since it is now selling for $140 after the latest 30 percent discount that will get you $59 savings.
Hisense A6 Series Smart TV
The Hisense A6 Series Smart TV comes with a Voice Remote, support for Dolby Vision HDR, and DTS Virtual X. Plus, you also get sports & game modes, as well as a Chromecast built-in.
Best deals today: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, Motorola Edge+, Apple AirPods Max, and more
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
We are getting closer to the launch of Samsung’s new foldable devices, which means that the current models are starting to get special attention, as retailers need to make space for the new models. This is why you can now purchase a new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 for just $850 after receiving a very compelling 19 percent discount. This model comes with 256GB storage space, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB RAM, and a $200 discount. The 128GB storage model sells for the same price, but you will only get $150 savings and, most importantly, only half the storage space.
The larger Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is also on sale, and you can take one home for $1,400 after the latest 22 percent discount, which means you can get yours and save $400.
You can use those savings to purchase a 2022 Samsung Wireless Charger Dual Fast Charge Pad that will provide 15W wireless charging speeds for just $59 after the latest 15 percent discount. And if you want a more affordable option, you can also check out the Samsung Wireless Charger Fast Charge Pad DUO, which sells for $50 after picking up a 17 percent discount.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the latest clamshell-style foldable from Samsung. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and comes with a high refresh-rate display, and a not-so-bank-breaking price tag.
We have another excellent option for those looking for a new Android phone, as the Motorola Edge+ is now available for just $500 at Woot.com. This 2022 model usually sells for $1,000, which means you can score 50 percent savings. In addition, the Motorola Edge+ comes with 8GB RAM, 512GB storage space, a massive 4,800mAh battery, and an impressive 50MP primary shooter on its triple camera setup.
The phone’s display is also rather impressive, as it features a 6.7-inch OLED panel, and don’t worry about performance since it also packs the latest Snapdragon processor on the market. And you can use these amazing savings to purchase a new Moto Edge+ Protective Case, as it will help you keep your new investment safe for just $17 after seeing a 15 percent discount.
However, you can also opt for the 2021 version of the Motorola Edge, which now goes for $399 after receiving a 43 percent discount. This model has 256GB storage space, 8GB RAM, and a 108MP camera.
Motorola Edge Plus (2022)
The new Edge Plus from Motorola is the high-end flagship smartphone from the company. It features Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, OLED display, a triple camera setup with 50MP main and ultra-wide cameras, and much more.
Apple AirPods Max
Save on one of the best headphones on the market, as Apple’s AirPods Max are now available for just $450. This offer comes in two parts, as the first discount will appear on the products landing page, giving you $70 savings, while the second part will appear at checkout, helping you save $99. The AirPods Max feature Active Noise Cancelling, Transparency Mode, Spatial Audio, and a Digital Crown for volume control.
However, you don’t need to spend more than $100 for a new pair of earphones if you can settle for a pair of the second-generation AirPods that sell for just $99.99. And if you want something a bit more premium, you can also check out the AirPods Pro, which sell for $180 after a 28 percent discount.
Apple’s AirPods Max come with Apple’s H1 chip, a custom acoustic design, and software to provide an amazing audio experience. You also get Active Noise cancelation, Spatial Audio, Transparency mode, and up to 20 hours of battery life.
Razer Blade Pro 17
We have great news for those hardcore gamers who are currently looking for a new battle station, as the 2020 version of the Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop is now available for $2,099 after picking up an insane $1,100.99 discount, which represents 34 percent savings.
The Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop comprises an Intel Core i7 processor with 8 cores, a massive 17.3-inch FHD display capable of reaching 300Hz refresh rates, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics.
You can also complete your package with a new Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, as it now sells for $198 after seeing a 14 percent discount, or get the more affordable Logitech G PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which sells for $85 after a $45 discount on its Official League of Legends Edition. Or get your new Corsair MM350 PRO Premium Spill-Proof Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad for just $37 after a 9 percent discount.
Razer Blade 17 Gaming Laptop
The Razer Blade 17 Gaming Laptop is a great option for those looking for a new battle station you can take anywhere you go. It comes with tons of power under the hood, a large 17.3-inch FHD display with 300Hz refresh rates, and other great features.
Samsung M8 Smart Monitor
Finally, we have the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor that is now receiving a $100 discount, meaning you can take one of these fantastic 32-inch monitors home for just $600. Samsung’s M8 Smart Monitor will be great for those who want to have a large canvas for their workflow, but they will get the added features of a smart TV with Alexa built-in. In other words, you will also be able to stream your favorite content directly to your smart monitor without needing another device.
Of course, there are more affordable monitor options, including the Samsung M7 Smart Monitor and Streaming TV that sells for $330 after an 11 percent discount. This model also features a 32-inch display and support for the best and latest streaming services. Or go for a more conventional 34-inch Samsung Odyssey G5 Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor with a 1000R Curved Screen that sells for $336 after a 21 percent discount.
Samsung M8 Series Smart Monitor
The Samsung M8 Series 32-Inch 4K UHD Smart Monitor & Streaming TV is a perfect option for those who want to enjoy a crisp and bright image, along with the benefits of having a smart TV with 60Hz refresh rates and smart assistants already built-in.
Score 33 percent savings on the Apple TV 4K
Amazon’s latest deals will make several Apple fans happy and anyone looking to get their hands on a new Apple TV 4K, as it is now available for just $120.
The latest deals on the Apple TV 4K will let you score amazing savings on this product which comes with 32GB of internal storage space. The Apple TV 4K usually sells for $179, which means that the latest 33 percent discount will let you take one home while keeping $59 in your wallet. In addition, this device arrives with support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity support and a Touch Control that will help you stream all of your favorite content.
The Apple TV 4K will deliver immersive, room-filling sound thanks to Dolby Atmos, 4K, HDR with Dolby Vision, and all the power of Apple’s A12 Bionic chip to provide an outstanding media experience. And don’t worry, you will also be able to stream content from Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and more.
Of course, you can also opt for more affordable streaming products, as the Amazon Fire TV Stick streaming devices are also on sale. For instance, you can get the Fire TV 4K streaming device with the latest Alexa Voice Remote for $40, as it currently receives a $10 discount that represents 20 percent savings.
Apple TV 4K
Apple’s 2021 Apple TV 4K is the perfect complement for Apple users who want to enjoy their favorite streaming services at home. It delivers an outstanding media experience and supports the most popular streaming services available.
However, there’s an even better option, as you can purchase a new Fire TV Stick 4K Max for just $35. Savings won’t appear immediately on the product’s landing page. Instead, you must remember to add promo code ADDFTV at checkout to receive a $20 discount. In other words, you would be able to get a more powerful, faster, and better overall product for just $35. However, this deal will only let you pick up one unit, so keep that in mind. And believe me, you can definitely tell the difference between the Fire TV Stick 4K Max and the Fire TV Stick 4K version.
And if you’re still looking for more options, you can also check out the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, which sells for $39 after a $10 discount, or get a more powerful Roku Ultra 2022 4K for $87 after receiving a 13 percent discount that will get you around $12 savings.
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