Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Leaked at $199 Price Point

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Leaked at $199 Price Point

The rumored next generation of Samsung’s first-party earbuds are expected have a $199 price tag, quite cheaper than Apple’s highest offering.

The rumored next generation of Samsung’s first-party earbuds are expected have a $199 price tag, quite cheaper than Apple’s highest offering.

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Samsung’s long rumored update to their Samsung Buds line has continued to leak, as more and more information continues to pour in. After images of the Galaxy Buds Pro popped up earlier in December, there hasn’t been any information on the price of the buds until now.

Through a Tweet by Twitter user @_h0x0d_, we now know that the earbuds will likely cost $199, which would be $50 more than the Galaxy Buds Plus ($149) and $30 than the lovely Samsung Beans (actually Galaxy Buds Live at $169). These earbuds will also have “intelligent active noise cancellation” and an improved water resistance rating, coming in at IPX7, which is rated for 1 meter of submersion for up to 30 minutes. The previous Buds Pro and Live came in at IPX2.

Another picture lower in WalkingCat’s feed shows the earbuds’ supposedly improved water resistance, as well as a take-apart model including descriptions of the buds’ “intelligent ANC,” sound quality, and convenience.

With previous leaks, the design was rumored to be close to the previous Buds Plus, which seems to be consistent with this leak. The difference seems to come with noise cancellation, water resistance ratings, and a lowered battery life? It’s possibly due to the active noise cancellation which usually drains the battery much faster than it would otherwise, but it’s still interesting that it’s written as lower.

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Playtime on the Buds Pro falls to a supposed eight hours, which is the same as the Live, but still three hours less than the Plus. Battery life with the charging case included still places the earbuds lower than the past generations, at 28 hours of listening compared to 29 with the Live.

Talk time is also listed as falling to 4.5 hours, which happens to be a full hour less than the Buds Live, and a total of 3 hours less than the Buds Plus. Talk time with the charging case gives the earbuds the same battery life as the Plus, at 15 hours, but is lower compared to the 19 hours that the Buds Live has.

Samsung is rumored to be planning these releases to happen early 2021, likely adding on to an already busy January for the company. Samsung is to have a CES press conference on January 11th, with a rumored Unpacked event, slated to include the Galaxy S21 announcement, set for January 14th.

Why The Cardano Alonzo Purple Update Caused a Surge in ADA

Alonzo Purple is the newest upgrade to the Cardano blockchain, finally on its way to pass the crypto's peer-reviewed delay.
Credit | CryptoSlate
Passing $2

With the launch of the Alonzo Purple Smart Contract Public Testnet, Cardano’s value is on the rise, with the coin passing the $2 mark for the first time in months. Nearing another all-time high, you can say that a lot rides of the Alonzo Purple upgrade, especially considering its 60% rise from one-week lows.

For those of you not too familiar with Cardano or its Alonzo Purple upgrade, it’s best we start with the actual technology, Cardano. Cardano, trading as ADA, is a third generation blockchain, posed as a competitor to first-generation Bitcoin and second-generation Ethereum. The project aims to compete directly against Ethereum specifically, another program which happens to have been co-founded by Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano.

The reason this inclusion of Alonzo Purple is so important, is due to Cardano’s peer-reviewed methods. The entire project runs from the research and technology brought about by dozens of respected scientists, unlike Ethereum. Well, not exactly, but Ethereum likes to throw stuff at the wall and see what fits. Cardano, on the other hand, likes to meticulously craft a new update, test it, peer-review it, then review a test, then final version to the public.

Cardano Must Be Really Well Peer-Reviewed 

With that approach, Cardano has had much less of an impact than Ethereum in its four-year life, although it has a much higher reputation. The Cardano platform has never been hacked and is thought to be potentially unbreachable, thanks to its widespread permissions and lack of a single platform to control the entire coin.

Ethereum is booked as “risky” by Hoskinson, while Cardano has been called slow and ineffective by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. Well, at least until Alonzo Purple was announced.

Alonzo Purple is planned to be the biggest update to the Cardano platform, bringing much of what is already available on Ethereum, and a bit more. If it proves as successful as it’s intended to be, then Cardano may not only catch up to Ethereum, even after a multi-year second-place but also leapfrog the project. That’s a lot riding from a single update, although the hype, promises, and 60%+ gains might prove to be not too far off from reality.

Alonzo Purple

For those of you not too familiar with Alonzo Purple (i.e., likely 95% of the people reading this), here’s a quick little synopsis:

Purple is the third Alonzo rollout, Cardano’s big plan for becoming the number 1 decentralized platform. Previously, there was the launch of Alonzo Blue in June/July and Alonzo White in July/August. Now, we have the upcoming Alonzo Purple launch, which was rumored to have been announced soon.

If it doesn’t tell you how much people are excited about this, the rumor of an announcement of an announcement led to a 16% increase in ADA’s value and price. Yes, the rumor of an announcement of an announcement of a future project led to a multi-billion dollar increase in valuation.

It might turn out to be worth it, with Alonzo Purple’s expectations including:

  • Smart contracts
  • The ability the run DeFi (decentralized finance) apps off the Cardano network
  • Potentially the addition of ERC-20 tokens on the Cardano blockchain
  • And honestly, that’s about it…

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Still More than Good Enough

But the top two are more than large enough to cause a spike in value. If you’re not sure what a smart contract is, welcome to the club! I’m not too confident in exactly what they are either, but here’s what I understand about the technology:

A smart contract is a program stored on the blockchain (i.e., viewable to all and permanently burned into the chain), which will run when conditions line up. From what I understand, this would mean that a situation or contract could be immediately triggered when both sides meet the criteria.

While that doesn’t sound too exciting, it’s really cool. Here’s an example:

Jimmy wants Sarah’s NFT token, so he builds a smart contract into the Cardano blockchain. According to the contract, if Jimmy pays 25 ADA into the contract and Sarah uploads her NFT ownership to the platform, then both sides would get the other’s item. If Jimmy built in his payment at the beginning, it could rest there until Sarah puts her NFT onto the contract and vice versa.

Adding Smart Contracts was Smart

Of course, that’s not the only possibility, with potential for literally anything that runs from an if/when/then situation. You could set up concrete payments for services, pass ownership for assets, pay people when their information is provided, and much more.

Smart contracts are incredibly, even if I’m terrible at explaining them. According to IBM, they’re great for speed, efficiency, accuracy, trust, transparency, security, and saving money from D2C payments. It’s honestly a great way to establish Cardano as a trustable currency or intermediary (without being a middleman) between transactions, which is great.

With this added benefit and the addition of a DeFi program, Cardano immediately catches up to Ethereum in terms of usability and features. Plus, Cardano also has minuscule payment fees, a PoS consensus mechanism, and 1 thousand TPS, per “Hydra head.” That puts Cardano’s DeFi potential at upwards of 1 million TPS, while Ethereum 1.0 contains 10 and Ethereum 2.0 is rumored to have 100,000 TPS.

Alonzo Purple’s potential is great, not only for Cardano itself but also for the decentralized community. The benefits that Cardano and its coin ADA gain from smart contracts and DeFi acceptability alone, outweigh the negatives of Cardano’s slow development time, although that’s missing something important. Oh yeah, the upgrade releases on September 12th.

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