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Google makes the Pixel Buds A official for US$99

The new Pixel Buds A. (Source: Google)
The new Pixel Buds A. (Source: Google)
Google has formally launched its latest TWS earbuds, albeit as effectively cut-down versions of its original Pixel Buds for $100 less than their original price. Therefore, the new A variants' design is much unchanged from their predecessors. They also retain features such as noise reduction and touch controls, but lose others, wireless charging included.

Google has quietly debuted the Pixel Buds A via its Store website, although the company had leaked them itself prior to this event. Nevertheless, it makes these new, affordable variants of the original TWS accessories official. The OEM asserts that the new versions retain "rich sound, clear calls, and hands-free help from Google", although they do lose some higher-end functions and features.

They include Wind Reduction while using the Pixel Buds A, although they still have the Noise Reduction and Adaptive Sound specs premiered in their forebears. A user can also still use the same touch controls developed for the original Pixel Buds, a long press for Google Assistant included.

Then again, the A-series buds do not respond to swipes to adjust audio volume. They come in a case that looks much the same as that of the Pixel Buds, although the newer ones have different accents and lack the wireless charging and water-resistance of the originals.

It does still have a USB type C port, and adds up to 19 hours of use between charges, though. The Pixel Buds A also have a new starting price: US$99, compared to $199 in the original Buds. They are available to pre-order in Clearly White or a new Dark Olive color prior to shipping from June 17, 2021 on the US Google Store, although some other regional websites might still just have a wait-list for the new accessories.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06- 3 (Update: 2021-07-14)