Samsung is expected to launch a new pair of true wireless earbuds (TWS) alongside the Galaxy S21 series early next year. But unlike the Galaxy S21 phones, there haven’t been many rumors about these buds recently. However, as we edge closer to the next Galaxy Unpacked, they are starting to pop up on the internet more frequently.
A couple of weeks back, these buds appeared on the Chinese 3C certification website bearing the model number SM-R190. Now, they have picked up the Korean NRRA certification as well, bearing the same model number, of course.
The listing on the NRRA website describes the device as a “specific low power wireless device; wireless device for wireless data communication system” (translated from Korean). This more or less confirms that it’s a pair of TWS earbuds.
Apart from the model number, the certification doesn’t reveal anything else about the device itself. However, the Chinese 3C certification had previously revealed that this device would get a battery pack of 472mAh capacity. To recall, the Galaxy Buds Live has the same battery capacity as well. That further solidifies the assumption that the SM-R190 is a pair of new TWS earbuds from Samsung.
Additionally, the model number is in line with the previous offerings as well. Samsung last year launched the Galaxy Buds bearing the model number SM-R170. The Korean company followed it with the Galaxy Buds+ (SM-R175) early this year and the Buds Live (SM-R180) in August. So the SM-R190 should now arrive as the successor to the Buds Live.
The SM-R190 might launch as the Galaxy Buds Beyond
Although these buds have now picked up two necessary certifications ahead of the launch, neither of the listings carries the device’s name. However, a recent trademark application from Samsung suggests that the new pair of earbuds will launch as the Galaxy Buds Beyond.
The Korean giant last month filed a trademark for the moniker “Galaxy Buds Beyond” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The trademark application covers the same use cases as earlier Galaxy Buds models.
As mentioned earlier, Samsung could unveil the Galaxy Buds Beyond alongside the Galaxy S21 series. We would likely get to hear more about these buds in the coming weeks as we inch closer to the mega event in January next year.
Samsung has already launched two pairs of TWS buds this year. The Galaxy Buds+ and the Galaxy Buds Live are two completely different kinds of products. While the former features a canal-type in-ear design for a tight fit, the latter has an open-ear design. The two buds are essentially aimed at two different groups of audience. It now remains to be seen if we’ll see yet another significant design change from Samsung with the Galaxy Buds Beyond.