The previously leaked Pixel Buds A-Series were expected to go official during Google I/O but that wasn’t the case. They have broken cover now though with a price tag of $99. That’s a good $80 less than what the regular Pixel Buds cost. Pre-orders are live now in the US and Canada, while shipments will mobilize by June 17.
These earbuds retain the external design of the latest Pixel Buds, while they even boast the same sound quality. That’s quite impressive seeing how significantly they undercut the price of the flagship offerings that were launched last year. What do they miss out on, you ask? The two main exits are wireless charging and swipe controls for volume.
That means you get hands-free support for “Hey Google” commands and even an IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance. The battery life of the Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds has been revealed to be five hours but with the amount of charge the case holds, you can extract twenty-four hours of usage from them. And their fast-charging support makes sure that you can juice them up for up to 3 hours in just 15 minutes.
The earbuds themselves see a slight design change on the A-Series. While they might look similar to the Pixel Buds, they feature softer integrated ear hooks that allow them to be smaller in size. Some effort has also seemingly gone into avoiding the connectivity bugs and audio cutouts that plague Google’s flagship earbuds.
White and grey are the two colors that the Pixel Buds A-Series come dressed in. However, evidence of a forest green hue has previously been spotted in the wild. Guess we’ll have to wait and watch whether that becomes a reality or not.