Google’s annual I/O keynote was filled with hardware and software announcements; the most important of these was the introduction of the Pixel 6a smartphone. The latest midrange handset brings many of the Pixel 6’s features to the more accessible $449 price point. Google also announced the Pixel Buds Pro, Apple’s answer to AirPods Pro, and the company’s first earbuds to support active noise canceling. It will take some time before you own any of these gadgets, but here’s how to pre-order the Google Pixel 6a and everything else announced today.
Google Pixel 6a
This Google Pixel 6a It will be available for pre-order starting July 21 for $449 and will be available more widely from July 28. You can get it from Google store and other vendors.
Pixel 6a is the latest midrange addition to Google’s smartphone lineup. But just because it’s not a true flagship doesn’t mean it won’t have some of the features the standard Pixel 6 has. In fact, Google has ported a lot of things, including 5G support, the Titan M2 security chip, and the same Tensor SoC inside the Pixel 6 Pro. It also has an under-display fingerprint sensor and a USB-C port for charging, but sadly no headphone jack.
As for the camera, the Pixel 6a has the recognizable camera bar that the rest of the Pixel 6 series has, and a dual rear array with a 12-megapixel main shooter and an ultra-wide lens. It will also have some advanced Google camera features like Night Sight, Magic Eraser and more. Overall, the Pixel 6a’s design is very similar to the others in the series, but it’s about the size of Pixel 5 and has a 6.1-inch always-on touchscreen with a 60Hz refresh rate and HDR support. Google claims that the battery inside the Pixel 6a will last all day.
Google Buds Professional
This Google Pixel Buds Professional It will be available for pre-order starting July 21 for $199 and will be available more widely from July 28. It will be available in red, green, blue and black. You can get them from the Google store and other retailers.
Pixel Buds Pro is Google’s first product to support ANC. Buds also features a new custom sound processor and transparency mode; the latter will help you jump into conversations without removing the buds from your ears. Like many other headphones in this price range, the Pixel Buds Pro will be able to connect to multiple devices at once and intelligently switch between your phone, for example, when you need to take a call and music from your computer.
Google claims the Pixel Buds Pro will get up to 11 hours of listening time on a single charge, or up to seven hours if you’re using ANC the entire time. The company also said that they will update the earphones to support spatial audio later this year.
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