Google has officially announced an update to its line of branded wireless headphones, Pixel Buds. The flagship Pixel Buds 2, which is now a year and a half old, has been joined by a simplified version called Pixel Buds A. It’s a budget option without some premium features but with support for core Google technologies. Due to this, the price of Pixel Buds A dropped by as much as $ 80.
Specially designed 12mm dynamic drivers handle the Pixel Buds A’s overall tonal balance. According to Google, the headphones deliver a clear, natural sound with a bass boost. The latter is achieved thanks to the support of Bass Boost technology. The sound volume automatically adapts to the environment. For example, Pixel Buds A will increase the volume in noisy places such as a city street or subway and decrease it at home to eliminate sound effects.
The Pixel Buds A are designed with a spatial ventilation hole to reduce pressure in the ears – it prevents the sensation of plugging the duct so that the headphones can be worn comfortably, even for extended periods. Like the Pixel Buds 2, the Pixel Buds A have a temple for a stable fit. Noise cancellation is passive.
Other features of Pixel Buds A include:
- Microphones focus on the user’s voice and reduce external noise, so the interlocutor hears it loudly and clearly;
- Up to 5 hours of listening time or 2.5 hours of talk time on a single charge (up to 24 hours of music and up to 12 hours of talk time using the charging case);
- Fast charging – 15 minutes in the case gives up to three hours of battery life;
- Waterproof according to the IPX4 standard;
- Support for “Google Assistant” with the launch of a voice command;
- Real-time translation into more than 40 languages (works on Pixel smartphones or others, starting Android 6.0+).
Pixel Buds A are already available for pre-order in the US and Canada.