Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series, which cost $99, are now available for pre-order.
Google has released a new version of its fully wireless Pixel Buds with a low-profile design and a lower pricing point. Based on early evaluations, they appear to be a good value for the money, as long as you’re ready to forego a number of premium features like active noise cancellation and wireless charging.
The new Pixel Buds A-Series include custom-designed 12mm dynamic speakers with optional bass boost technology and adaptive sound that may automatically raise or reduce loudness based on your surroundings. They are encased in enclosures with a stabiliser arc for a “gentle, but secure fit,” as well as spatial vents to avoid the “plugged ear feeling.”
The new Series-A Pixel Buds, like the original Pixel Buds, feature beamforming microphones to reduce background noise during voice conversations and include the Google Assistant for hands-free assistance.
The battery life is supposed to last up to five hours on a single charge, or up to 24 hours when using the charging case. In the case, a short 15-minute charge may provide up to three hours of listening time. Google notes.
The buds are also IPx4 water resistant, albeit the small print states that water resistance is not a permanent condition and can be degraded by regular wear and tear, maintenance, or disassembly.
Pixel Buds A-Series are currently available for pre-order in the United States and Canada in clear white or dark olive for $99. They are expected to sail on June 17.