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Samsung Galaxy Buds FE True wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation (Graphite)

Item # 305BUDSFEG

Designed to fit and look more like Samsung's first-generation Buds, with the latest performance features.

Designed to fit and look more like Samsung's first-generation Buds, with the latest performance features.

Item # 305BUDSFEG

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About the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE

Jeff Miller

Samsung's most budget-friendly Galaxy Buds offer familiar features and functionality

Samsung's entry-level Galaxy Buds FE offer a lot of value and performance at this price. Much like their step-up Galaxy Buds2 and flagship Galaxy Buds2 Pro, they play well with Samsung phones and offer noise cancellation and "Ambient sound" modes. The noise-canceling circuitry is not quite as effective as those more premium models, but it holds its own against more constant, low-frequency sounds like an engine or HVAC unit.

Samsung's most budget-friendly Galaxy Buds offer familiar features and functionality

Samsung's entry-level Galaxy Buds FE offer a lot of value and performance at this price. Much like their step-up Galaxy Buds2 and flagship Galaxy Buds2 Pro, they play well with Samsung phones and offer noise cancellation and "Ambient sound" modes. The noise-canceling circuitry is not quite as effective as those more premium models, but it holds its own against more constant, low-frequency sounds like an engine or HVAC unit.

Woman wearing Galaxy Buds FE

The Galaxy Buds FE feature a flatter, more tactile outer surface than Samsung's other 2nd-gen earbuds.

They are styled more closely to the design of the first-generation Galaxy Buds, which some may prefer to the other 2nd-gen models. The outer shell is flatter as opposed to round and optional wing tips are included to keep the earbuds secure. There's a single dynamic driver in each earbud, tuned to deliver well-balanced sound with extra bass emphasis.

Plays well with Galaxy phones and devices

These earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.2, which is a relatively newer version, so you can play music and take calls almost any Bluetooth device or smartphone. But you get even better control on Samsung Galaxy phones, running Android™ 7.0 and up. You can also quickly switch the audio between other Samsung gear, like the Galaxy Watch or newer Samsung TVs.

You'll find the Galaxy Wearable app on most Samsung phones. It allows you to check battery levels at a glance, customize the earbud touch controls, and choose between the noise-canceling and ambient sound modes.

Tuned by years of research

These earbuds were tuned by the sound engineers at Harman and AKG. Samsung is the parent company of both, and I recently visited Harman's headquarters where I saw their level of research firsthand. They spent a decade there developing a distinct set of frequencies — known as the Harman Target listening curve — preferred by the most listeners.

The Galaxy Buds FE have a single-driver design where the Buds2 and Buds2 Pro use two drivers in each earbud. But the biggest difference is in the tuning, where these earbuds stick to the Harman Target, but tastefully lean into deeper bass. It's actually a variance of the target that is many listeners like, and works well with EDM, hip hop, and other bass-driven genres.


Product highlights:

  • 100% wire-free earbuds
  • Bluetooth® 5.2 for wireless music listening and phone calls
    • works with most Bluetooth phones and devices, but optimized for Samsung Galaxy phones
  • active noise cancellation uses internal circuitry and microphones on each earbud to reduces external noise
    • "Ambient sound" mode lets you hear external sounds without removing earbuds
  • IPX2 water-resistance rating (can handle light sweat)
  • touch controls on each earbud let you answer calls and control music, noise cancellation, and volume
  • built-in microphones with voice detection technology for calls, voice assistant, and conversation features
Expert-tuned, high-performance sound:
  • single dynamic driver design delivers well-balanced sound with bass emphasis
  • tuned to Harman's targeted headphone EQ curve (with deep bass preference)
    • sound signature honed by decades of scientific research and user testing
Special functionality with Samsung Galaxy Android devices:
  • easy, one-tap pairing with compatible Samsung Galaxy phones
    • requires Galaxy smartphone with Android 7.0 and One UI 3.1 or later with 1.5GB RAM or above
  • works with Galaxy Wearable app on Android
    • customize your sound settings, touch controls, and noise cancellation
  • quick "auto switch" pairing with compatible Samsung Galaxy TVs, tablets, and watches
General info:
  • includes 3 sizes of soft silicone ear tips for a comfortable fit
    • includes 2 sizes of optional wing tips to further secure earbuds
  • sensors automatically stop music in either earbud when removed
    • earbuds can be used one at a time or as a pair
  • built-in rechargeable batteries offer up to 6 hours of listening with noise cancellation (8.5 hours without)
  • 30 hours total maximum battery life including the charging case
  • weight: 0.38 ounces (both earbuds)
  • warranty: 1 year

What's in the box:

  • Left and right Galaxy Buds2 ear buds (graphite)
  • Charging case (white)
  • 3 Pairs of silicone ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • 2 Pairs of silicone wing tips (1 pair installed)
  • 31" Charging cable (USB-C on both ends)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Fit guide

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More details on the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE

Mark G.

Features & specs

Fit Style True Wireless
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 0.732" x 0.881"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Version 5.2
Single-earbud Operation Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant Yes
Siri No
3.5mm No
1/4" No
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity N/A dB
Impedance N/A
Weight 0.4 ounces
Cord Length N/A
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Samsung Galaxy Buds FE (SM-R400) feature a new wingtip design that keeps your earbuds safely in place, even during rigorous activity. These "Fan Edition" ear buds offer 6.5mm dynamic drivers, Active Noise Cancellation, Ambient Sound, and a large touch panel for control of your music, podcasts, games, or audiobooks. The Buds FE are designed to work with other Galaxy (Samsung) devices, including the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy smartphones and tablets. While generally compatible via Bluetooth with other devices, the ear buds offer many Galaxy-specific features through the Galaxy Wearable app (Android only). The Galaxy Buds FE come with a hard, clamshell charging case, two pairs of silicone wing tips, and three pairs of silicone ear tips to help you find a custom fit for the best listening experience.

Secure Fit: The earbuds have an oval shape that sits comfortably in the bowl of the outer ear. The two included pairs of silicone wing tips (small/medium and medium/large) feature "fins" that tuck behind the folds of the ear to help hold the earbuds securely in your ear. After inserting the ear bud, it should be rotated it to lock it in place. The included silicone ear tips act as a seal to keep the sound from leaking out of the ear canal. Three sizes of ear tips are provided to help you find the best fit. With the proper size ear tip, you'll experience the best sound quality, especially in the lower frequencies. To ensure a proper fit, you should run the Earbud Fit Test found in the Galaxy Wearable app.

Microphones: The Galaxy Buds FE are equipped with three microphones--two on the outside and one on the inside. The outside mics detect ambient noise for the Active Noise Cancelling and Ambient Sound features while the inside mic and the built-in Voice Pickup Unit are focused on your voice for clearer phone calls.

Noise Control Modes: The Samsung Galaxy Buds FE feature two noise control modes that can be activated using onboard controls or the Galaxy Wearable app. You can only activate the noise controls when wearing both earbuds.

  • Active Noise Cancelling (ANC): Active Noise Cancelling blocks out the external sounds around you so you can listen to music without distractions. The outer microphones pick up ambient noise and the ANC circuitry cancels it with an opposite audio signal. The ANC feature can reduce background noise by up to 30dB, so you can stay focused on your content.
  • Ambient Sound Mode: The Ambient Sound Mode lets you hear your surroundings clearly for convenience or for your safety. The ANC microphones pick up external sounds and routes them into the ear buds to let you hear what's going on around you. Ambient Sound Mode is helpful when walking in traffic, for carrying on a conversation, or listening for public announcements at the airport or train station. You can adjust the level of the ambient sound in the Wearable app.

Touch Controls: The exterior of the Galaxy Buds FE has a touch-sensitive area for controlling your phone calls and music playback. Simple actions such as touch and touch and hold allow you to play/pause your music, answer/end phone calls, and activate a preset feature, such as Noise Control Modes. In the Galaxy Wearable app, you can configure all of the touch controls to your liking. If you are afraid of unintended actions, you can lock the earbuds' touch features in the Wearable app.

Galaxy Wearable App: The Galaxy Wearable app lets you connect your Galaxy Buds FE to other devices in the Galaxy universe, including smartphones, tablets, and Galaxy Watch. After installing the app on your mobile device, you can pair all of your devices via Bluetooth to enjoy all of its features. The app lets you seamlessly switch between devices without having to disconnect and re-pair. To ensure the best sound quality, you should perform the Earbud Fit Test found in the app. The app's Equalizer lets you shape the sound the way you want with six EQ presets: Normal, Bass Boost, Soft, Dynamic, Clear, and Treble Boost. You can also use the app to configure the touch controls for each earbud. The Galaxy Wearable app is specifically designed for Samsung Galaxy devices using Android 5.0 and up.

Note: While the Galaxy Buds FE can be used with Apple iPhones and iPads using basic Bluetooth connectivity, the Galaxy Wearable app is not available for iOS devices.

Bixby Voice Assistant: The Samsung Galaxy Buds FE are compatible with Bixby, the voice-activated user interface native to many Samsung devices. Bixby can be launched via a touch-and-hold action on the earbud's touch pad, or through a "Hey, Bixby!" voice command. Bixby is capable of launching a variety of functions, or show information you want on the connected mobile device, when the command/request is recognized through the earbuds. The earbuds have a basic compatibility to the Google Assistant if using a non-Samsung Android device. They are not compatible with Siri on Apple devices.

Battery Power: Each Samsung Galaxy Buds FE earbud has a built-in 60mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, while the Charging Case is rated at 479mAh. (Charging times were not provided.) With a full charge, the earbuds provide about 8.5 hours of music playback without ANC, and 6 hours with ANC. Talk time capacity is about 3.5 hours. The charging case can charge the earbuds 3.5 more times, giving you up to a total of 30 hours of playback without ANC, and 21 hours with ANC.


  • Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth v5.2
    • Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
    • Codecs: SBC, AAC
  • Dimensions:
    • Ear Buds: Width 0.732", Height 0.881", Depth 0.932"
    • Charging Case: Width 1.969" Height 1.09" Depth 1.964"
  • Weight:
    • Ear Buds: 0.2 ounces (each)
    • Charging Case: 1.41 ounces

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