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Google just announced the Pixel Buds Pro, a $200 pair of true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation.
Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, saw all the new software and a surprising amount of hardware the tech company is working on, including Pixel Watch, Pixel 6A, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Tablet, AR glasses and software updates, like Android 13, Google Wallet, search, assistant and privacy. One such hardware product is the new Pixel Buds Pro.
At $199.99, Pixel Buds Pro will rub shoulders with the most affordable Pixel Buds A-series at $99, Google’s capable true wireless earbuds without ANC. The biggest difference between the two pairs and all previous Pixel Buds is the addition of active noise cancellation with Silent Seal. Using a custom 6-core processor, custom algorithm, and custom speakers, Pixel Buds Pro monitors and reduces ambient noise around you. Transparency mode can be turned on to let in part of the world around you.
Pixel Buds wearers will also notice the redesigned exterior of the buds. Gone are the wing tips in favor of bendable ear tips with a moldable design that conforms to the part of your ears, a soft matte finish and a two-tone design. Buds come in Coral, Lemongrass, Mist, and Charcoal. Pixel Buds Pro relieve ear canal pressure using sensors. The buds (IPX4) and housing (IPX2) are sweat and water resistant. You will find small, medium and large tip sizes, including in the box.
The buds house custom-designed 11mm drivers, which can be customized using the 5-band EQ. The volume equalizer automatically adjusts the setting as you change the volume, to ensure optimal sound at low and high volume. Spatial audio support is coming later this year for supported movies and TV shows on compatible Pixel phones.
Your voice will be clear for calls and the assistant thanks to the beamforming microphones, voice accelerometers and windproof mesh covers. Speaking of which, the headphones of course support hands-free Google Assistant when connected to supported Android devices. As with previous models, the Pixel Buds Pro support real-time translation in 40 languages. Alternatively, use the touch controls for play/pause, next/previous track, calls, Google Assistant, and volume. These can be customized on Android devices. Pixel Buds Pro supports multipoint connectivity, for fast switching between Android, iOS, tablets and laptops.
Battery life is impressive at 7 hours on a single charge with ANC on and 11 hours with ANC off. Including the case, you’ll get 20 hours of total listening time with ANC on and 31 hours with ANC off. The case charges wirelessly or via USB-C.
Pre-orders open July 21. At $199.99, the Pixel Buds Pro are among the best headphones at this price point for Android and Windows users. The Pixel Buds A-Series remain a great $99 option for those who don’t want ANC. Apple users should check AirPods and AirPods Pro. If you’re looking for a pair of in-ceiling headphones, check out the new Sony WH-1000XM5.