Google has officially launched its latest True Wireless (TWS) Earphones, the Google Pixel Buds A-series. The Google Pixel Buds A-series come after a slew of rumours and weeks of speculation around the device. The new model has been launched as an affordable version of the Pixel Buds TWS earbuds that Google launched last year. Now, while the Pixel Buds A-series are a toned-down version of the Google Pixel Buds, they are not so much different from their bigger sibling. The Google Pixel Buds A-series has been priced at $99 (roughly Rs 7,200) in the US and has been launched in two colour options – Clearly White and Dark Olive. The earbuds are already available for pre-orders in US and Canada, with the shipments starting from June 17. There is no word on when the new earbuds would reach other markets including India.
The Pixel Buds A-series get the same 12mm drivers as the standard Pixel Buds. The A-series is also touted to deliver up to 24 hours of combined battery backup including the charging case – again, similar to the elder sibling. However, there are certain areas where Google has tried to cut costs. For example, the Pixel Buds A-series don’t come with wireless charging, have no support for swiping controls to adjust volume levels, and the loss of Attention Alerts feature that would reduce the volume when users were required to listen to sounds in their surroundings.
Other specifications of the new TWS earphones from Google include IPX4-rated sweat and water resistance, passive noise reduction. The earbuds also use beamforming microphones to let users focus on voice during calls by reducing outside noise. Additionally, users can use microphones to call Google Assistant by just saying “Hey, Google.” All of this is similar to the standard Google Pixel Buds that were launched last year. The earbuds also include features like real-time translation in more than 40 languages when using with a Pixel smartphone or a device running on Android 6.0 or later.
In terms of connectivity, the Pixel Buds A-series deliver have Bluetooth 5.0. The earphones deliver up to 24 hours of combined battery life and the ability to quickly charge the earbuds for up to 3 hours of usage in just 15 minutes.