Google has gone and made their recently leaked ‘entry-level’ earbuds official in the form of the new Google Pixel Buds A-Series. These new earbuds are almost identical in appearance to their more expensive sibling, 2020’s Pixel Buds, and are said to pack the same speaker technology as found in the Pixel Buds as well – the 12mm dynamic speaker drivers to be exact.
Like the Pixel Buds, the Pixel Buds A-Series have the same silicon ‘stabiliser’ tip to help users get a good fit when putting the earbuds in and they also offer the ‘hybrid acoustic design’ which is said to combine the best of in-ear and earbud styles. The spatial vents on the earbuds help reduce the ‘plugged-ear’ feeling while the eartips still help to create a seal to isolate external noises.
Touch controls on each of the earbuds are also included, just like the Pixel Buds, along with IPX4 rating, which make them sweat and water resistant. They also have in-ear detection, which is handy for when you want the music or whatever you’re playing to automatically pause when you remove one of the earbuds. For those of you who are prone to losing things, you’ll have the ability to find you’re earbuds using the ‘Find Device’ setting but the earbuds must be nearby and connected to your phone.
Unsurprisingly, the earbuds offer ‘Hey Google’ support for hands free queries and requests when out and about or even just pottering around at home. They can also read your phone’s notifications back to you which is handy if your hands are full or not near your phone when a message comes in.
Google Translate also works on these new buds with the ‘conversation mode’ allowing you to speak to someone in another language by tapping and holding on one of the earbuds and or asking “Hey Google, help me speak (language).”
When it comes to battery life, the Pixel Buds A-Series offer 5 hours of listening time and 2.5 hours of talk time, much like last year’s Pixel Buds. The charging case brings overall battery life up to 24 hours of listening time and 12 hours of talk time. Unfortunately, the case doesn’t support wireless charging but this probably explains their reduced price point over last year’s model.
The new Pixel Buds A-Series will be available in two colours, ‘Clearly White’ and the nice new colour we’ve seen leaked, ‘Dark Olive.’ You can join the ‘Waitlist’ for the new earbuds now and they have an RRP of €99.