If you have been planning to buy a pair of branded wireless earbuds at an affordable price, now is your chance to do so. Samsung is offering an insane amount of discount on its first-generation Gear IconX wireless earbuds. These earbuds usually retail for about $150 but are now available for just $50.
Samsung announced the Gear IconX in June 2016, back then they were priced at $200. The splash-resistant earbuds came with 4 GB of storage and a carrying case.These can be used for storage and charging. Samsung is offering three-color options for these Bluetooth-enabled earphones – black, blue and white. However, of the three, only black and white are still in stock. Furthermore, the shipment time is 7-10 days. It’s a ‘closeout deal,’ which means the offer will be there till stocks last.
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ISSUES WITH THE BATTERY LIFE
One thing to remember is that as these are the first-generation Gear IconX, battery life could be a problem. Thus, carrying portable battery packs will be a wise decision, if you are planning on buying them. According to Samsung, these wireless earbuds offer 3.8 hours of music playback (only 1.5 hours over Bluetooth), and the charging case can be used to charge these earbuds twice.
Samsung’s second-generation Gear IconX 2018 earbuds addresses the battery issues it had with its first-generation models.The 2018 model is same as the original version with an extended battery life is the only significant change. The earbuds can stream about five hours of music playback. Also, the Gear IconX 2018, which will be available in Gray, Black, and Pink, would be more lightweight and ergonomic.
REASONS WHY SAMSUNG IS OFFERING A MASSIVE DISCOUNT
Samsung’s decision to offer a huge discount on the first-generation wireless earbuds makes sense. The IconX 2018 is already announced, so it doesn’t make sense to charge such a high price for the first-generation earbuds. Also, the discount will help in clearing whatever inventory is left of them.
Samsung Gear IconX is surely a steal for $50, despite a short battery life. These wireless earbuds are apt for users with short runs and commute.
Wireless earbuds is a hot segment lately, especially after Apple announced its Airpods. Rumors are, Google may also announce $159 a pair of Bluetooth earbuds – nicknamed Bisto, at an event next week. Unlike Gear IconX earbuds, Google’s earbuds may not be fully wireless with a wire connecting the two earbuds.
Furthermore, these earbuds would support Google Assistant. They would feature a dedicated button to allow users interact with the assistant. Using voice option to activate the voice assistant is also another quirky feature. Also, there might be a persistent icon in the notification bar to show the battery level of the earbuds.
Several studies suggest, Bisto is the name of a class of headphones that OEMs can build rather than just a single Google-made product. Just like Google Assistant on phones and Home, there is a briefing feature, as well as the ability to hear the time and the current battery level for the headphones, 9to5google reported last month after it found references to headphones in a Google app.