Google revealed a lot of new products during its I/O conference in May, and now fans of its Pixel device brand have a lot to look forward to. As such, the company also announced that a new version of its Pixel buds TWS earphones is coming soon, in the form of the Pixel Buds Pro.
While the new earbuds won’t be available until July, Google has nevertheless given us a sneak peek of what to expect. Are they worth getting, especially if you already have the Pixel Buds A series? Let’s take a look.
The first thing that stands out about the Pixel Buds Pro is the new and updated design. Gone is the tail found on the Pixel Buds A series, which originally was meant for a better fit during usage. This time around, the Pixel Buds share a more common design with most TWS earbuds out on the market.
The Pixel Buds Pro also feature a “mouldable” design, that features a gentle seal that conforms to the shape of your ears for better music listening. You do get extra eartip sizes in the retail packaging though, which is a nice addition.
There’s also a new and more colourful design this time around, and the earbuds come in two-tone Coral, Charcoal, Fog, and Lemongrass variants. They do retain the same charging case design, which was always a nice distinguishing feature of the product in terms of design.
Sound and Playback Features
One big upgrade to the earbuds is that they will now come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) which was not present on the Pixel Buds A series. This is of course a welcome feature to have, and Google says that this is made possible thanks to a custom processor, custom algorithms, and custom speakers, as well as “Silent Seal” technology which is designed to block out external noise.
In addition to ANC, the 11mm speaker drivers inside the earbuds are also compatible with Transparency Mode, and you’ll be able to customize your preferred sound thanks to volume EQ. The earbuds will also support Spatial Audio for better audio quality.
As expected, the earbuds will also work with tap controls, and you’ll also be able to use swipe gestures to adjust the volume of the Pixel Buds Pro while listening to your music.
Battery Life and Hardware Compatibility
Google says that the earbuds can last up to 11 hours of playback time, and you can top them up in the charging case for a total of 31 hours. The charging case also supports wireless charging, so you can use the Pixel stand to replenish your battery, as well as other Qi-compatible wireless charging pads and stands.
Unfortunately, the box will not come with a charging cable, but if you plan using these with a smartphone, then you probably have a USB-C cable lying around already.
Despite the name, the earbuds will work with other smart devices as well – you can even pair them to work with iPhones, laptops, and other Bluetooth 4.0+ devices.
Should You Get Them?
The Pixel Buds Pro will release in late July for around £179 in the UK. Given that they come with some new features like wireless charging, ANC, and transparency modes, they are certainly an improvement over the current generation of Pixel Buds.
However, a lot of modern wireless earbuds come with a lot of the same features, at slightly lower prices (with some even priced for less than £100), so it comes down to a question of whether or not you’re solely after the ANC and other new features, or if you really want to complete a Google Pixel device ecosystem.
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