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Sony’s WF-1000XM4 noise-canceling wireless earbuds are among the best in the market, thanks to both their amazing sound quality and effective noise suppression. But, it doesn’t negate the possibility of further development. It’s fair to assume that we now have a clear idea of what some of those upgrades would be if the most recent photos, courtesy of the Walkman Blog, are the XM4’s successors (hence the WF-1000XM5).
Despite the photographs’ terrible quality due to their source (the Walkman Blog claims they are from a certification document, but doesn’t specify which certifying body published them), a few features stand out right once, particularly their size and form.
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These earbuds are a little bit smaller than the large XM4 and, in some aspects, resemble Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, though it’s difficult to tell for sure without another object or a scale for comparison.
The earbuds have been given a more ergonomic curve on the underside, where it rests up against the inside of your ear, as well as being rounder in the main body. In comparison, the WF-1000XM4 has a fairly flat design.
Finding a suitable fit was one of the issues we thought some people might have with the XM4, and these two features might help. For those with little ears, the XM4 are out of the question because they are large—among the largest designs that have been tried in the last two years.
Uncertainty exists around whether Sony has been able to address one of the other criticisms of the XM4, particularly a little propensity to emit high frequencies that aren’t as clear as on the earlier WF-1000XM3. Another leaked image of the alleged XM5’s interior design reveals that Sony appears to be sticking with foam eartips, which could explain the XM4’s distinctive sound.
The leak indicates that we can anticipate the WF-1000XM5 to retain the wireless charging capability that Sony brought to the WF-1000XM4 but left out of its LinkBuds S, the XM4’s step-down model.
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The Walkman Blog predicts that these earphones will go on sale around May 2023, although it hasn’t predicted their price. Unless Sony has managed to integrate some very special features that would allow it to charge more, as the company did when it launched the WH-1000XM5 with a price that’s $50 more than that it charged for the WH-1000XM4 when those wireless cans debuted, its predicted that Sony will try to keep them very close to the current $279 price of the WF-1000XM4.