Since their release in 2020, they have consistently been among the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy thanks to their long-lasting battery and excellent noise-canceling features. It now appears that the company has a significant upgrade planned. In a leak detected by German-language publication shared details on what to expect from the WH-1000XM5.
According to the outlet, Sony’s next flagship noise-canceling headphones will have up to 40 hours of battery life. If that is accurate, it would be a significant improvement from the already impressive 30 hours you can get on a single charge from the XM4. Charging the new model to full via USB-C will reportedly take about three and a half hours, or about 30 minutes longer than the XM4. The new model is also said to have an extra processing chip for the ANC and a new set of drivers.
But as you can see from the renderings TeknikNyt shared, the most notable difference between the WH-1000XM4 and its alleged successor is a brand new design. It looks like the XM5 will not fold in like Sony’s current flagship Bluetooth headphones, but the trade-off it seems is that they will have more padding on the ear cups and a lighter band. Many people love WH4 for their comfort, and it will be interesting to see if the design of the new model makes it even easier to wear over long listening sessions.
TeknikNyt did not say anything about a release date or prices for the WH-1000XM5. Out of sale, the current model sells for $ 350. We will note here that Sony’s earphones ended up costing more than their predecessor due to the addition of features like Qi charging and LDAC support.
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