Google today announced the Pixel Buds Pro in a slightly unexpected reveal. The $199 earbuds are the first from Google to support active noise cancellation, and we’ve got plenty of details on the Pixel Buds Pro’s specs and impressive battery life ahead of launch.
The Pixel Buds Pro are a premium product overall, replacing the 2020 Pixel Buds. As such, you’ll find all the same features as the original Pixel Buds in this new Pro model. That includes wireless charging, Google Assistant with “Hey Google” support, and more. ” and real-time translation. The touchpad can also control the volume, unlike the more affordable Pixel Buds A-Series.
Under the hood, Google is using a fully custom audio processor for the Pixel Buds Pro, primarily to help power active noise cancellation. The chip has six cores and a Google-created algorithm, all built by Google’s in-house audio team that the company has been developing. The earphones are based on 11mm drivers and have “active pressure relief” to prevent a stuffy feeling.
The Pixel Buds Pro support active noise cancellation along with “moldable” ear tips which should help noise cancellation feel a bit more effective. The headphones connect to your phone or other Bluetooth 5.0-enabled devices and can connect to multiple devices at once. Spatial audio will also be supported after launch.
Pixel Buds Pro Specifications
- Audio driver: 11mm with active pressure relief
- Ear Tips: “Shapeable”
- Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 with multipoint support
- Chip: Six-core custom audio processor
- Headset battery life: 11 hours without ANC, seven hours with
- Earbud + case battery life: 31 hours without ANC, 20 hours with
- Spatial audio: comes with an update
- Active noise cancellation: Yes
- Colors: Charcoal, Mist, Lemongrass, Coral
- Water resistance: IPX4 earphones, IPX2 case
- Charging: Qi or USB-C
- Price: $199
Battery life on the Pixel Buds Pro is up to 31 hours total, or 20 hours with ANC on. The headphones are said to last seven hours with ANC on and 11 hours with the feature off. That would blow away much of Google’s competition. Charging is via USB-C – although there’s no included cable – or wirelessly with Qi chargers or phones that support reverse wireless charging.
Pixel Buds Pro will go on sale for $199 in July.
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