Google has released a few pairs of wireless earbuds at the moment, and the company revealed a new pair Wednesday during the Google I/O keynote. The Pixel Buds Pro aims to be one of the best wireless earbuds ever, and that just might be. TRUE.

Pixel Buds Pro is Google’s first pair of active noise canceling (ANC) headphones, powered by “a custom 6-core audio chip running algorithms developed by Google.” The ANC capability makes them competitive with other high-end headphones, such as the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Pro. However, since this is Google’s first attempt at ANC, we’ll have to see if the implementation compares to that of its predecessors. competitors.

Google says there’s also a ‘Silent Seal’ feature that prevents outside sound from leaking out, and built-in sensors to measure air pressure in the ear canal “to make sure you’re comfortable even during a prolonged listening session.” There will also be support for spatial audio, like some of Apple’s audio products, but that will have to wait for a post-launch software update.

The Pixel Buds Pro will be IPX4-rated, like most high-end earbuds, which means the Buds Pro won’t get damaged if you’re sweating or walking around in the rain. However, the case itself is only IPX2 rated, so try not to get that wet.

Perhaps the most surprising feature is the battery life. Google promises up to seven hours of listening time with ANC enabled or 11 hours without ANC. There aren’t many true wireless earphones that can hit that mark: the AirPods Pro can only manage 4.5 hours with ANC on (or 5 hours with ANC off). Assuming Google’s claim is accurate, that makes them competitive with the $278 Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones in the battery life department, which can last 8 hours with noise cancellation turned on and 12 hours without ANC.

Pixel Buds Pro pre-orders start on July 21 for $199.99, and you can sign up to be notified when they become available through the Google Store. That’s about the same price as Apple AirPods Pro (with recent sales).

Source: Google Blog