Samsung’s IG935 previously and it's uncanny how they resemble each other. The cable portion is exactly the same. The body of the earphone has many common attributes as well.
Now that is all fine and good, the real pressing question here was, apart from the change in colour, did Samsung do anything else, is the sound any different.
So, I went straight to my usual tests, at my computer, which has a Xonar Dx sound card. Tested it for a few different genres. Testing them side by side the answer was clear. Yes, they didn’t just change the colour, Samsung has tweaked the inside as well. And I’m pleased to say, they have been listening, they fixed what everyone complained about. The bass. The mid and the treble appears to be as they were, I did not perceive a major enough change, and that is fine. However, now that the bass is fixed, the sound appears more complete. It seems to me this is what Samsung originally may have attempted to do when they brought AKG to do the tuning, but took them two releases to get there.
In case if you are wondering, despite some similarities, the IG935 is not up to the level of the new earphone either. It is a serviceable product, for the price paid, although I would recommend the Brainwavz Delta over it if any one is looking for cost effective earphones, but that is a different topic I’ll cover in a upcoming video.
As at this point the answer is clear without much room for doubt, the new earphone may look similar, but is indeed new and improved. So going by the pattern, S11 will have these earphones, but S12 will get something new. And I hope they keep the positive momentum going, after all, that was the whole point of covering this topic over the years, with hope for improvements.
Since making the video and publishing this article. I have been contacted by many who mentioned that the black version of the S10 is still being shipped with the old blue ones. This matter needs further clarification and we will post an update as soon as more information is known.