The rumor launched by Jon Prosser finally materialized at Google I/O 2022: the Pixel Buds Pro have indeed been announced by Google. These new high-end true wireless headphones will incorporate active noise reduction functionality and a listening mode for surrounding sounds, already differentiating them from Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds A-series. The Pixel Buds Pro also differ from the Pixel Buds A-series by their slightly more imposing and heavier design but also by the absence of a retaining fin. The case remains similar between the two models.
To justify their Pro positioning, these new headphones have a battery of microphones capable of attenuating ambient noise, such as the wind, to enjoy perfect voice intelligibility in all circumstances. A new acoustic architecture also makes its appearance with 11 mm speakers supported by a physiological equalization algorithm which makes it possible to maintain the balance of the sound reproduction whatever the volume level.
To further support their resemblance to Apple’s AirPods Pro, Google has announced that the Pixel Buds Pro are expected to receive an update later this year allowing them to be compatible with spatial audio functionality. They will also benefit from the multipoint Bluetooth function as well as automatic switching between several devices linked to the same Google account. Google Assistant will also be there to control the headphones by voice. Regarding autonomy, the Pixel Buds Pro take a big leap forward compared to the Pixel Buds A-series by promising 11 hours without active noise reduction and 7 hours with this feature activated.
The Pixel Buds Pro will be available in France from July 28 at a price of €219, or €120 more than the Pixel Buds A-series. They will be available in four colors: charcoal, mist, coral and lime green.