Bose vs Samsung Wireless Earbuds: Comparing SoundSport Free & the Galaxy Buds Plus

Samsung will soon unveil the Galaxy Buds+, the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds, during its Unpacked event in February. How will these new earbuds fare against the top-selling Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Earbuds? If you’re on the hunt for your next in-ear headphones and still deciding whether to wait for the official launch of the Galaxy Buds Plus, you’ll find the comparison below helpful.

Bose SoundSport Free vs Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart

ModelBose SoundSport FreeSamsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Bose SoundSport FreeSamsung Galaxy Buds
PriceCheck PriceComing Soon
Check price of their predecessor here
Earbud Dimensions30.48 x 30.48 x 25.4 mm17.5 x 19.4 x 22.3 mm
Case Dimensions38.1 x 101.6 x 48.26 mmTBA
Active Noise CancellationNoNo
Noise Canceling MicrophoneNoYes
Quick Ambient ModeNoYes
PlaytimeUp to 5 hoursUp to 6 hours
Charging CaseUp to 10 hoursTBA
Wireless ChargingCompatibleYes
Quick Charging15 minutes for up to 45 minutes of playtimeTBA
Wireless PowershareNoTBA
Bluetooth4.15.0
Audio CodecsSBC, AACSBC, AAC, Samsung Scalable
Microphone1 (right earbud)4 ( 2 for each earbud)
Touch ControlsNoYes
Voice AssistantYesYes
IPX RatingIPX4 (splash resistant from all directions)TBA
Color OptionsBlack, Blue, Bright Orange, Ultra VioletBlack, White, Blue, Pink

Design

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus will be sleeker and slimmer than the Bose wireless earbuds

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The leaked photo of the upcoming Galaxy Buds Plus shows a design similar to their predecessor (right)

Just as the 2nd Generation AirPods had the same exterior as their predecessor, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus will not look too different from the Galaxy Buds. However, the upcoming wireless earbuds will have different colors to choose from: white, black, blue, and pink. These truly wireless earbuds are some of the most stealthy in-ear headphones in the market today.

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The Bose SoundSport Free jut out much farther out of your ear than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. Their charging case is also bulkier than the Samsung’s handy wireless charging case. Even from the back, you will still see the Bose earbuds sticking out of your ear, whereas the Samsung wireless earbuds are barely visible from the rear.

Both wireless earbuds come with different sizes of ear tips to ensure better comfort and fit. They have different ear tip designs though, with the Samsung earbuds providing a better seal than the Bose. The Samsung earbuds stay more securely in your ears and do not bounce, but both true wireless earphones stay secure enough to be used during workouts or sports.

Sound Quality

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus will have improved sound quality

Leaked marketing collateral from Samsung shows the Galaxy Buds+ will come free with the pre-order of the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra or S20+

Bose is a household name for audio products for a reason, and the sound quality of its earbuds does not disappoint. They have a more accurate, cleaner sound than the Samsung Galaxy Buds. However, the upcoming Galaxy Buds Plus are rumored to have better sound quality than their predecessor, so we have yet to see whether the new wireless earbuds can beat Bose’s sound quality.

As much as the Bose SoundSport Free deliver stunning audio when listening to music, they tend to have poor audio latency with audiovisuals and connection stability. Many users experience a lag of up to one second when streaming videos and games, affecting their viewing experience. The left earbud also frequently loses its connection, especially when used under direct sunlight. This is because of the earbuds’ safety feature that turns off the earphone when it heats up.

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are expected to have better microphones, allowing for better voice call quality. If you often use your wireless earbuds for phone calls, you’ll like the Samsung better as they have more microphones than the Bose SoundSport Free.

Set Up and Controls

The Bose SoundSport Free have a multi-function button while the Samsung wireless earbuds have touch controls

The new wireless headphones to be unveiled by Samsung will likely have the same touch control of the Samsung Galaxy Buds (in photo)

It is easy to pair both earbuds, with Samsung being the winner if you’re using a Galaxy device. Simply open their charging case near the smartphone and they automatically pair. Pairing is also a breeze with the Bose SoundSport Free, but they don’t come equipped with such feature.

They differ when it comes to their controls. The Bose earbuds do not feature touch control. Instead, you can use its multi-function button to manage tracks or accept and end calls. These buttons are strategically located on the side of the buds so you won’t have to push towards your ear and consequently add more pressure.

Meanwhile, the Buds Plus’ predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Buds, utilize their touch-capacitive features and the Samsung Wearable app to control tracks and manage calls. This works well with Android phones, but if you are an Apple user, you’ll miss out on some features as they don’t have the app on Apple Store yet.

Additional Features

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will have longer battery life and faster charging

The original Samsung Galaxy Buds (in photo) can play music for up to 12 hours, seven hours longer than the Bose wireless earbuds

Contrary to what many speculated, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus will not have active noise-canceling features. However, with their seal design, the Samsung earbuds do a great job of isolating sound. The Bose SoundSport Free’s seal is not as good as the Samsung earbuds and lets more external noise pass through. This won’t be a big deal if you typically use the wireless earbuds outdoors and need to be more aware of your surroundings.

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The upcoming Galaxy Buds Plus are expected to have longer battery life than their predecessor’s, which is already slightly better than the Bose’s to begin with. At full charge, the original Samsung wireless earbuds have a listening time of up to six hours and its wireless charging case adds up to 7 hours more. The Wireless Powershare is expected to be available for the new Samsung earbuds and flagship phones as well.

Bose’s SoundSport Free have a battery life of up to five hours and their charging case adds an additional 10. Their charging case is bigger than Samsung’s so it has a longer battery life. These wireless earbuds do not come with a wireless charging case, but they are compatible with the ones that are sold separately by Bose.

Verdict

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are the more versatile earbuds packed with better and more features

It’s hard to top the superb sound quality of the Bose SoundSport Free. However, their poor audio latency and unstable connectivity are both significant minuses, especially for their price. Their audio quality may not be as clean as the Bose’s, but the Samsung earbuds still deliver great audio. They are sleeker, have better fit, longer battery life, more microphones, and are overall more convenient to use, especially if you are an Android user.

While there’s no official announcement yet on the price of the soon-to-be-launched Samsung Galaxy Buds+, they are expected to carry a higher price tag than the original Samsung Galaxy Buds.