31 May 2021
Google has officially announced its affordable truly wireless earphones Pixel Buds A-Series. These are a toned-down version of the premium Pixel Buds earphones launched in April last year. There are features that have been imported from the more expensive variant but there are also a few differences to keep the pricing low.
The Pixel Buds A-Series features custom-made 12mm dynamic speaker drivers. These are said to deliver clear, full, and natural sound which was something commonly desired by users during research. It has Bass Boost to help users with those low tones and bring some "more power" to them.
The team has spent time designing the seal to ensure that users have a comfortable listening experience. There is a spatial vent that reduces in-ear pressure and allows users to keep using them for a long period of time without feeling discomfort. The selected seal design is also said to be beneficial for low frequencies.
It has Adaptive Sound that adjusts volume level depending on the surroundings. It will keep the volume low when you are at a place that is mostly silent. If there is a noise like on a busy street, it will increase the volume so that you can listen with ease. It also has a noise reduction feature for when you are on a call so that the other side can hear your voice loud and clear.
There is Google Assistant support for a hands-free user experience. You can use voice commands to get things done without actually having to interact with the buds physically. There is an IPX4 rating for water and dust resistance. The buds will last for up to five hours on a single charge and up to 24 hours with the help of the charging case. It further has fast charging support that will give you three hours of listening time with just 15 minutes of charging.
Google has priced the Pixel Buds A-Series at just $99. This makes them significantly cheaper than the Pixel Buds (2020) as they cost $179. These are currently available for pre-order in the United States and Canada with sales beginning June 17th. It is available in Clearly White and Dark Olive color options.