Since its release in 2020, consistently among the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy thanks to their long-lasting battery and excellent noise cancellation. It looks like the company is planning a significant upgrade. In a leak detected by German Publications shared details of what to expect from the WH-1000XM5.
According to this source, Sony’s next flagship noise-canceling headphones will have up to 40 hours of battery life. If accurate, that would be a significant improvement over the already impressive 30 hours you can get on a single charge from the XM4. According to the report, fully charging the new model via USB-C will take about three and a half hours or about 30 minutes longer than the XM4. The new model is also said to have an additional processor chip for ANC and a new set of drivers.
But as you can see from the render TechnikNews share, the most notable difference between the WH-1000XM4 and its alleged successor is an all-new design. It doesn’t appear that the XM5 will fold like Sony’s current flagship Bluetooth headphones, but the trade-off it does appear is that they will have more padding on the earcups and lighter straps. A lot of people love the WH4 for their comfort, and it will be interesting to see if the new model’s design makes it easier to wear during long listening sessions.
TechnikNews said nothing about a release date or pricing for the WH-1000XM5. Outside of sales, the current model retails for $350. We will note here Sony’s The earbuds end up costing more than their predecessors due to the addition of features like Qi charging and LDAC support.
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