Google’s $159 Pixel Buds A available to preorder now

We’re optimistic about Google’s latest audiotech.
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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August 19, 2021
1 min read

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Considering the popularity of Google’s more affordable A series of Pixel smartphones, it seemed inevitable that the company would extend that branding to its range of true wireless earbuds. We’ve known about the Pixel Buds A since Google ‘accidentally’ leaked the cheaper earbuds on its Twitter back in May 2021 before officially unveiling them a few weeks later in June. Now just a few weeks after the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were revealed, we finally have an official Australian release date and local pricing for the Google Pixel Buds A.

How much do Google Pixel Buds A cost in Australia?

The Google Pixel Buds A cost $159 here in Australia. Preorders are available today at the Google Store, JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman and Officeworks and will be released Wednesday, the 25th of August. The Pixel Buds A will also be available through Telstra from 27th of August, and Vodafone and Optus later in the year.

To put that price into perspective, the standard Google Pixel Buds cost $279. The closest comparable product to the Buds A are the standard Apple AirPods, which start at $159 (though that model is now over two years old).

Pixel Buds A vs. Pixel Buds: Why are they cheaper?

There aren’t many compromises made with the Google Pixel Buds A for the amount you save. You lose out on the water-resistant charging case of the standard Pixel Buds but the earbuds themselves are still IPX4 water and sweat resistant (which can handle a splash of water but probably shouldn’t be submerged). Wireless charging is also missing in the Pixel Buds A which might be a dealbreaker for some. The only other difference is that the microphone on the Pixel Buds A doesn’t offer wind reduction like the Pixel Buds.

Other than those small tweaks, the two pairs of true wireless earbuds are almost identical.

It’s also worth mentioning that every Pixel Buds page on the Google Store currently redirects to a comparison of the Pixel Buds A, so you can’t actually purchase the standard Pixel Buds at the time of writing.

Pixel Buds A vs. Pixel Buds side-by-side

Model
Pixel Buds A
Pixel Buds

Water-resistance

IPX4, buds only

IPX4, buds and charging case

Battery life (buds)

Up to 5 hours

Up to 5 hours

Battery life (case)

Up to 24 hours

Up to 24 hours

Colours

Clearly White, Dark Olive

Clearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint and Almost Black

Bluetooth

5

5

Charging

USB-C

USB-C

Wireless charging

No

Yes

Active noise cancelling

No

No

Passive noise reduction

Yes

Yes

Adaptive sound

Yes

Yes

Wind reduction

No

Yes

Attention alerts

No

Yes

Weight

5.1g

5.4g

Price

$159

$279

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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