With the mild success of the 2020 Pixel Buds and the Pixel Buds A-Series on its back, Google is now looking to turn the tables in the ANC earbuds market with its latest creation. Yes, the long-rumored Pixel Buds Pro are here, and they pack features that will be hard to deny for even the grumpiest of users!
Announced at the Google I/O event, the true wireless earbuds are designed around the nifty little nuances that audio listeners face every day. They are more than just another noise isolating audio accessories, pitted directly against the Apple AirPods Pro. The Pixel Buds Pro will be an integral part of the ecosystem Google is creating with their latest launches at the even including Pixel 6A and Pixel Tablet. Something that tries to replicate the closely-knit ecosystem created by Apple. The ability to seamlessly switch between devices thanks to the multipoint Bluetooth connectivity and software integration. So, you could be listening to a podcast on your phone, and then seamlessly switch to your computer for Zoom calls.
The new buds are designed keeping in mind the different ear shapes of thousands of people. Top that off with the advanced active noise canceling technology honed by the custom-built-6-core audio chip that adapts to the environment to provide the best isolation. Not only this, Google takes things a step ahead with the Silent Seal tech which is aided by sensors capable of adjusting the pressure in the ear canal for maximum comfort. This feature also adapts to the user’s ear and listening habits to provide apt noise cancellation in any environment.
These earbuds are IPX4 rated for water and sweat resistance making them ideal for an active lifestyle. The intuitive touch controls bring to the fore easy music toggling, volume control, and adjusting ANC and transparency modes. Calling on these buds is going to be bliss as they come with bone condition tech to pick up speech during calls. The beamforming microphones, wind-resistant mesh covers, and the voice accelerometer all combine to make sure you hear the person on the other end loud and clear, and vice versa – no matter how noisy the external environment is.
For audio quality fanatics, the buds produce clean sound powered by Google’s algorithms beaming sound via the custom drivers. All the software end tuning done by the in-house audio engineers is top-notch, and a good example is the Volume EQ feature which automatically adjusts the lows, mids, and highs depending on the volume level. This will please audiophiles who want a warm audio signature with a very balanced curve.
The dual-color design of the buds in four color options – Coral, Fog, Charcoal and Lemongrass – adds zing. In fact, Google senior vice president of devices and services Rick Osterloh said in a media briefing that the Pixel Buds Pro is the “best mobile audio hardware we’ve ever designed.”
Google Pixel Buds Pro claim to have 11 hours of listening with ANC turned off and around seven hours without them. With the wireless charging capable case, that number can be increased to another 13 hours in ANC mode. The buds will be available for pre-order from July 21 onwards for a price tag of $199 and shipping starts July 28.