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Samsung's AKG N400 TWS earbuds have a feature that the Galaxy Buds+ don't

By Ng Chong Seng - on 1 Apr 2020, 8:46am

Samsung's AKG N400 TWS earbuds have a feature that the Galaxy Buds+ don't

(Image: Samsung.)

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ true wireless earbuds have just about everything you’d want on TWS earphones — good comfort, great sound, long battery life — except for one thing: they don’t support active noise cancelation.

If blocking out external sound is important and the Buds+’s passive method doesn’t cut it for you, know that Samsung Korea just just launched the AKG N400 — and that supports active noise reduction.

(In case you’re wondering: what has Samsung got to do with AKG? Well, AKG is owned by Harman and Harman is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.)

Like all other ANC headphones, the AKG N400 uses a microphone to monitor noise so that it can create a second noise to cancel out the first. Like the Galaxy Buds+, it has touch controls, so you can tap the earphones to jump to the next song or swipe to adjust the volume.

Also like the Buds+, there’s an Ambient Aware function that lets you control how much of the external noise captured by the mics can come through. To access the various functions and change their defaults, you need to use a separate AKG app, which is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Boasting a metal acoustic chamber, a precise sound filter, and a high-sensitivity 8.2mm driver in each earbud, the IPX7 waterproof-rated N400 also comes with three pairs of silicone tips, a pair of Comply foam tips (M size) and three pairs of wing tips.

Finally, in terms of battery life, AKG says the Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds can last up to 6 hours (ANC off) or 5 hours (ANC on) on a single charge. Its Qi wireless charging case also has a battery to top up another 6 hours. If the earbuds’ battery is running low, letting them sit just 10 minutes in the case is enough for them to give you another hour of use. A full charge takes about 2 hours.

It’s unclear exactly why the N400 has half the battery life of the Buds+, but a quick dive into the specs sheet reveals that the N400 sports a 35% smaller battery than the Buds+ (55mAh vs. 85mAh).

Available in black, blue and silver colours, the AKG N400 is currently only sold in South Korea and has a suggested retail price of 230,000 KRW (about S$268).

Source: Samsung Korea.