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Teardown: Google Pixel Buds with Charging Case

10 August 2018
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

Google Pixel Buds are designed as Bluetooth audio earbuds. Source: IHS Markit. Google Pixel Buds are designed as Bluetooth audio earbuds. Source: IHS Markit.

Google Pixel Buds are designed as Bluetooth audio earbuds, offering maximum functionality when used with Google's Pixel 2 smartphone. The buds offer quick USB-C charging - up to one hour listening time from a 10-minute charge and up to five hours on a full charge. The charging case (included) holds multiple charges to provide up to a total of 24 hours. Users can touch and hold the right earbud to access music, messages and more via Google Assistant (Android 6.0 or higher); when used with Pixel smartphones, a real-time translation feature is also available.

Charging case holding multiple charges is included with the Google Pixel Buds. Source: IHS Markit. Charging case holding multiple charges is included with the Google Pixel Buds. Source: IHS Markit.

Specs from Google:

Dimensions (L x W x H):
Earbuds: 0.8 in x 0.8 in x 0.8 in (20.4 mm x 20.4 mm x 20.5 mm)
Charging case: 2.6 in x 2.6 in x 1.1 in (66.2 mm x 65.5 mm x 28.6 mm)

Weight:
Earbuds: 0.49 oz (14 g)
Charging case: 2.0 oz (57 g) with buds, 1.5 oz (43 g) without buds

Battery:
Earbuds: 120 mAh
Charging case: 620 mAh

IHS Technology Teardown Services teardown analysis overview:

Summary points:

  • Wireless in-ear listening device
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Carrying case with built-in charging
  • Up to five hours listening time

Target market: Google-centric consumer

Release date: November 2017

Pricing and availability: $159 direct from Google store, plus major online and big box retailers

Total manufacturing cost: $25.23 (including direct materials and manufacturing)

Google Pixel Buds: Main enclosure. Source: IHS Markit. Google Pixel Buds: Main enclosure. Source: IHS Markit.

Major components:

  • Bluetooth, system-on-chip (SoC), Bluetooth V4.2, integrated 80 MHz DSP, 16 MB Flash - Manufacturer: QUALCOMM - Manufacturer part number: CSR8675C-ICXT-R - (Quantity: 1)
  • Programmable SoC, 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0+ CPU, 48 MHz, 8 KB SRAM/64 KB Flash, 1 10-bit ADC/1 12-bit ADC, 31 GPIOs - Manufacturer: Cypress Semiconductor Corp. - Manufacturer part number: CY8C4146FNIS433 - (Quantity: 1)
  • Wire harness, six discrete insulated wires in textile sheathing - (Quantity: 1)
  • Battery pack, lithium-polymer, one-cell, 3.8 V, 629 mAh, 2.39 Wh, with three discrete insulated sires - Manufacturer: Amperex Technology Ltd. - (Quantity: 1)
  • Loudspeaker, 0.5 in diameter, with injection-molded plastic housing - Manufacturer: GOERTEK INC - (Quantity: 2)
  • Six-layer, FR4, lead-free - (Quantity: 1)
  • USB Cable, Type A to Type C, 3.6 ft - (Quantity: 1)
  • Battery fuel gauge, single-cell li-ion, system-side, I2C, integrated sense resistor - Manufacturer: Texas Instruments Inc. - Manufacturer part number: BQ27421YZFR-G1A - (Quantity: 1)
  • Regulator, DC-DC converter, step-down, adjustable, 300mA, 1.2MHz - Manufacturer: Texas Instruments Inc. - Manufacturer part number: TPS62743YFPR - (Quantity: 1)

Google Pixel Buds: main PCB (bottom). Source: IHS Markit. Google Pixel Buds: main PCB (bottom). Source: IHS Markit.



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