Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro pre-order | Do you buy?

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Google’s 2022 hardware lineup kicks off in just a few weeks with the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro slated for pre-order later this month. From everything we know so far, are you planning on getting either?

The Pixel 6a looks like a stellar mid-range

For years, Google’s flagship phones have suffered in sales, while the more affordable A-series has kept the range top of mind for many. While last year’s Pixel 5a was pretty forgettable, the Pixel 6a might be something special.

The Pixel 6a costs the same $449 as its predecessor, leaving it dead in the middle of the smartphone price scale. And really, it looks like killer value for that price.

At the heart of the Pixel 6a is the same Google Tensor processor that powered the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last year, just paired with slightly less RAM at just 6GB. But compared to the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a , it’s a huge increase. Tensor may not be completely comparable to the Snapdragon 888 or 8 Gen 1, but it does stand out in terms of performance, and even with less RAM, that should lead to a “budget” phone that outshines everything else in its price range.

And that’s not to mention the rest of the technical sheet. We’re excited to find the 6a’s smaller footprint considering the massive Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The 4,300mAh battery, 12.2MP rear camera, and 128GB of storage round out what, at least on paper, sounds like a good experience.

Additionally, this phone will have the best support in its price range, with three years of major Android updates and five years of security updates. Samsung has done a lot with Android updates in recent years, but even the world’s biggest smartphone maker doesn’t match Google’s support to price value here.

The Pixel 6a is going up for pre-order via the google store and other major retailers starting July 21.

Pixel Buds Pro might be the best of the best

Personally, I’m absolutely thrilled with the Pixel Buds Pro and everything they promise to deliver.

The features the Pixel Buds brought to the table in 2020 outweighed the shortcomings of these earphones, and they already had solid audio quality that’s come down well from last year’s Pixel Buds A-series.

With the Pixel Buds Pro, Google brings the results of a few years of hiring to a physical product that makes huge promises. 360 degree audio. Active noise cancellation. Premium features. And Google’s intelligence suite, including Assistant.

But on top of all that, there’s the 11-hour battery life that just sounds phenomenal. That single point is one that I can’t help but think about, because no one else has really done it in almost three years.

For the price of $199 Google requestPixel Buds Pro look really appealing, which is why I’m definitely planning to submit a pre-order on July 21. What color do you choose?

google pixel buds pro color options lemongrass coral fog charcoal

Are you planning to get one or the other?

Google has really upped its game for the 2022 hardware lineup, and the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro are really just the start of that. Later this year we will have the Pixel 7 series as well as the Pixel Watch.

With these other releases on the horizon, do you plan to pre-order the Pixel 6a or the Pixel Buds Pro? Vote in the poll below, and let’s discuss it in the comments!

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