Google has Pixel Buds Pro now available for pre-order It’s due out on July 28, but one user has already gotten his hands on the headphones, giving us a preview of what to expect and showing how they compare to the A series.
Posted by u/Linkakox on Reddit to the r/GooglePixel subreddit this morning, somehow discovering that the Pixel Buds Pro have already landed on his doorstep.
The order was given fnac.com, a French retailer. Apparently, the pre-order was made available on July 21st, but the site had not yet imposed the “pre-order” limit, which apparently allows the user to slip through the cracks and get their order in early.
Regardless, what does this tell us?
Well, first we get some initial impressions of the headphones. According to u/Linkakox, the Pixel Buds Pro sound better with music than the Pixel Buds A-Series, and the buds are physically slightly larger than the A-Series. When it comes to fit, the Pixel Buds are noted to “feel less secure” compared to the A-Series.
Active noise cancellation (ANC) is also probably good, and multipoint audio works.
As seen below, a quick image gallery shows the packaging for the earbuds and a comparison to the Pixel Buds A-Series. Looking at the earphones themselves, the Pro model looks more prominent than the A-Series, and of course, the previous Google earphones don’t have the ‘fin’. The case on the Pixel Buds Pro looks noticeably wider and thicker. Another image shared with us shows a small tube with extra ear tips. There’s no charging method in the box, not even a USB-C cable. Of course, the Pixel Buds Pro can use the same charger as the Pixel, even if it’s a wireless charger.
Digging a little deeper, we asked u/Linkakox about the state of the software with the Pixel Buds Pro, which, based on first impressions, is the only thing stopping these earbuds from being ready for everyone.
The current Pixel Buds utility does not support all features of the Pixel Buds Pro, such as ANC settings. But the touch controls do work for switching between ANC and Transparency modes. Pressing the earpiece for two seconds toggles between the two modes.
Multipoint is even accessible through Android’s settings menu. As it turns out, the Buds work with a Windows PC with Multipoint, which has the expected functionality – after all, Multipoint is a Bluetooth feature, it’s Google’s only smart switch. It works through Fast Pair.
Google is set to ship the Pixel Buds Pro to all users on July 28. With $199 headphones Get up to 31 hours of battery life with ANC, a custom audio chip, and more. Stay tuned for more.
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