Google has released several pairs of wireless earbuds at this point, and the company revealed the new pair during its Google I/O main keynote on Wednesday. The Pixel Buds Pro aim to be one of the best wireless earbuds ever made, and that’s probably true.
The Pixel Buds Pro are Google’s first earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), powered by a “custom 6-core audio chip running Google-developed algorithms.” The ANC feature makes these headphones competitive with other high-end earbuds like the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Pro. However, since this is Google’s first attempt at ANC, we’ll have to see if its implementation can compete with the competition.
There’s also a “silent seal” feature that prevents outside sound from leaking out, and built-in sensors that measure the air pressure in your ear canal “to ensure you’re comfortable even during prolonged listening sessions,” Google says. There will also be support for spatial audio, like some of Apple’s audio products, but this will have to wait for a post-launch software update.
Like most high-end earbuds, the Pixel Buds Pro will have an IPX4 rating, which means the Buds Pro won’t break if you sweat or walk in the rain. However, the case itself is only IPX2 rated, so try not to get it wet.
Perhaps the most surprising feature is battery life. Google promises up to 7 hours of listening time with ANC enabled, or 11 hours without ANC. Not many true wireless earbuds come close to this standard—the AirPods Pro managed only 4.5 hours with ANC on (or 5 hours with ANC off). Assuming Google’s claims are accurate, this makes them competitive in the battery life department with the $278 Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds, which last 8 hours with noise cancelling and 8 hours without ANC Lasts 12 hours.
Pre-orders for the Pixel Buds Pro begin July 21 for $199.99, and you can sign up to be notified when they’re available through the Google Store. That’s about the same price as the Apple AirPods Pro (on sale recently).
Source: Google Blog