Google Pixel A-Series Buds Hands On

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Lenny has received Google’s latest Pixel A-Series Buds and has taken the time to give us a quick demo of the earphones. #giftfromgoogle

The second-generation Pixel Buds (the first totally wireless edition) were released in 2020, and while they were a good effort, they didn’t deliver on the promise of their great design. The new A-Series (available for $99.99 at Best Buy) is the company’s second attempt at creating an AirPods competitor, this time for less than $100. While the A-Series isn’t flawless, the minor tweaks and enhancements, paired with the lower price, make these buds a lot more appealing.

Here are the key specs for the Pixel Buds A-Series:

  • Price: $99
  • Battery life: Up to 5 hours of playback per charge, 24 hours total with charging case
  • Rapid charging: Up to 2 hours of playback on 10 minutes of charging
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Colors: Clearly White, Dark Olive
  • Speakers: Custom 12mm dynamic speaker drivers
  • Sensors: Single IR proximity sensor for auto play/pause; motion-detecting accelerometer
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Water/sweat resistance: IPX4
  • Fit: Small, medium, and large ear tips sizes; stabilizer fins
  • Weight: 5.1 grams (per bud), 53.8 grams (earbuds and case)

When compared to the Pixel Buds 2, the A-Series buds seem to be the lite version. Unlike the Buds 2, these earbuds lack the support for wireless charging and swipe volume controls. Both of them, unfortunately, do not support Active Noise Cancellation which we hope to see in the next version of the Pixel Buds.

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