The Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8 all come with a pair of wired AKG earphones. The earphones are tuned by Harman Kardon – an audio company acquired by Samsung in 2016. If you are not into wired earphones, you can get something better.
For a limited time, Samsung will ship any of the three phones with a pair of Gear IconX (2018) earbuds. However, you have to make your purchase (unlocked or select carriers) from the official Samsung US website or Shop Samsung app. It also runs from till March 1.
The Gear IconX (2018) is the second gen version from Samsung. They are completely wireless earbuds with a charging case just like Apple’s Airpods. It serves dual functions – you can use it as regular bluetooth earphones or as standalone earbuds as it has 4GB of built-in memory for songs.
It can also track your exercise and provide a live coach while you work out. It has support for other Samsung phones, Android phones, and even works with iOS devices though not all its features are available on iOS.
The IconX (2018) is priced at $199 in the US and comes in silver, black, and pink. For the promo, Samsung will ship the black variant with your purchase.
There is no confirmation as to if the AKG earbuds are still included in the box or if the IconX replaces it. Nevertheless, this is still a good deal.
This is not the first deal of its kind though. Back in January, Samsung shipped a free pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones worth $180 if you purchased any of the three phones including the Galaxy S8 Active.