Sony’s next big AirPods Pro rivals are as good as official after these huge new leaks
Unfortunately, this is in Dutch, so a few of the advertised features are a little hard to decipher. But the V1 chip, Hi-Res Audio support, IPX4 rating, and up to 24 hours of battery life are now (even more) guaranteed to pan out, alongside other premium stuff like Adaptive Sound Control, Speak-to-Chat, beam-forming microphones, and bone conduction technology. The original story continues below.
Sony’s top-notch wireless headphones and true wireless earbuds have started to receive more attention than the company’s Xperia handsets in recent years, providing stiff competition for the likes of Bose and Apple respectively by integrating premium overall sound quality and state-of-the-art noise cancellation technology at fairly reasonable prices.
New design, new price, same great quality (presumably)
Because the latter part is without a doubt the most important piece of the puzzle, we’ll start by pointing out that the Sony WF-1000XM4 are likely to cost a bit more than their forerunners. Namely, €279.99 on the old continent.
Obviously, you shouldn’t simply convert that number into dollars to find out the prospective US price tag, but considering the 2019-released WF-1000XM3 are normally available for €249.99 in Europe and around $230 stateside, we feel confident predicting that the WF-1000XM4 will start at roughly $250.
Impressive upgrades all around
Perhaps more importantly, Sony also plans to add IPX4 certification, which means that unlike their predecessors (and much like the AirPods Pro), the next-gen WF buds will offer basic protection against sweat and “splashing water.”
Set to be made available in familiar black and silver hues at first (and possibly, a gold flavor as well at some point down the line), the WF-1000XM4 should also come with a brand spanking new in-house Sony V1 processor under the hood in charge of further improving the already impressive noise cancellation functionality and audio performance.
Speaking of charging, the battery life will purportedly be advertised as going up to 24 hours, which sounds identical to what the WF-1000XM3 are already capable of. But the previous-gen earbuds can only reach that mark with ANC switched off, while their successors will apparently last just as long if you keep the feature enabled at all times.