Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds have leaked, and some pleasant surprises are in store!
February 23, 2021

A radical new design seems in place for the Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds. Reddit user Key_Attention4766 posted photos supposedly of the true wireless earbuds’ packaging box sleeve, which not only show a major design overhaul on the current Sony WF-1000XM3, but also a 6-hour battery life and the return of active noise cancellation (ANC).

For most fans of the series, the sleeker and much more compact design is the key highlight here. Sony’s WF-1000XM3 remains among the best wireless earbuds one can buy today, but this step indicates that Sony has heeded concerns about the hefty size of its buds.

The leaked Reddit image suggests the earphones retain the same classic matte black and gold-accented aesthetic as before. A key design change seems to be what appears to be a microphone grill sits on top, while a tactically placed golden cylinder pokes out from the button of the bud. While a tad small to be a control dial, it could well be a separate external microphone dedicated to the active noise-cancelling. Which would be rather intriguing.

Another image shared by Key_Attention4766 showed battery life information indicating the same battery graphic and typeface as the WF-1000XM3. By its side, we have a Hi-Res Audio Wireless badge next to it

A brand new design aside, could we also see updated Bluetooth firmware, perhaps Bluetooth 5.1 and enhanced IP water-resistance rating as well? Watch this space….

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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