Google Pixel Buds A-Series: Everything you need to know
Thursday May 6, 2021. 01:00 PM , from The Inquirer
We were expecting Google’s May I/O event to deliver us official confirmation of Pixels Buds A-Series true wireless, but it seems the tech giant has other plans.
We know the earbuds exist, there have been a few ‘leaks’ including a few Google themselves no less, but otherwise not much has been revealed about these third-gen earbuds.
We expect them to launch very soon and they’ll certainly boast Google smarts, but what other features could they have? How much will they cost? Here’s what we know about the Pixel Buds 3 or Pixel Buds A-Series true wireless.
How much will the Google Pixel Buds A cost?
Little has leaked about a potential price, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in some idle speculation.
The original – and not massively well-liked Pixel Buds – were £159. The Pixel Buds 2 went on sale in 2020 – a pair we liked more – for the sum of £179.
So where does that leave the Pixel Buds 3? Could they be cheaper, more expensive or the same? Given the ‘A’ designation usually denotes a cheaper version in Google parlance, we could be seeing prices that challenge the Amazon Echo Buds, which would be around £130 / $130.
When will the Pixel Buds 3 be released?
All eyes were on Google’s I/O May event for an official announcement, but no confirmation was forthcoming as the the company focused more on its services and Android 12.
Google leaked the name of the true wireless in a now deleted tweet from their @Android account that mentioned the “Pixel Buds A have arrived”.
That follows on from an accidental email push sent to Google Nest owners in April that provided our first look of the earbuds, as reported by 9to5google.
Given we’ve already seen FCC listings for the wireless earbuds back in March, that’s a sure-fire indicator that the Pixel Buds A will be here sooner rather than later.
What will the Pixel Buds A look like?
Given their inadvertent reveal in the Google Nest email, we know the Pixel Buds 3 will appear in a couple new flavours. Alongside an all white version, the Pixel Buds A-Series are expected in a green that’s darker than the ‘Quite Mint’ version currently offered.
In terms of the overall design, the leaked images suggest the Pixel Buds A will stay on the same course as the Pixel Buds 2. So that’s a pebble-shaped charging case with a USB-C connection at the bottom and LED battery indicators on the front. The earbuds have a more traditional look (as opposed to the standard AirPods), with wing-tips to keep them in.
We expect the touch controls will be retained given how effectively they were integrated on the previous model.
What features will the Pixel Buds A-Series have?
Given none of the Pixel Buds have featured noise cancellation, we expect the new Pixel Buds to again omit it, especially if they are cheaper than before.
The leaked tweet seems to confirm that the new Pixel Buds will have updated Bluetooth Fast Pair functionality for quick connection to a compatible mobile device.
We imagine battery life will be similar – around five hours. We also expect wireless charging support will be included. Given the Pixel Buds 2 had an IPX4 resistance, it’d be odd if the Pixel Buds A-Series didn’t have that too.
You can bet your bottom dollar this new earbud will have a heavy focus on Google integration, with Google Assistant driving the user’s interaction.
When will they launch? Who knows with Google, but we’ll be sure to update this page when more info drops about the Pixel Buds A-Series.
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