Sony announces WF-1000XM4 noise-cancelling earbuds with LDAC and IPX4 water resistance

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After a few weeks of leaks, Sony has officially announced its latest flagship true wireless earbuds today. The new WF-1000XM4 earbuds cost $279.99 and the previous WF-1000XM3s, released in 2019, remain in the company’s lineup for $229.99. The new headphones are available in black or light gray, both with gold accents. They are available today at retailers including: Amazon and best buy.

With a completely redesigned design that is 10 percent smaller than their predecessors, the 1000XM4 earbuds also feature a new processing chip that results in improved noise cancellation “at all frequencies,” according to Sony.

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Battery life has been extended to eight hours of continuous playback when NC is on, which is better than competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. The charging case has been reduced significantly and is 40 percent smaller than before. Apart from connecting via USB-C, it also supports Qi wireless charging.

Sony has also addressed a disappointing omission from the 1000XM3s: these new earbuds are IPX4 rated for water and sweat resistance. The 1000XM4s also have an updated voice calling system that uses both beamforming microphones and bone conduction sensors to improve performance. But here’s the only notable disappointment: there’s still no support for multipoint Bluetooth connections.

If you’re wondering how this all ends, I’ve been using Sony’s new premium buds for several days now. You can read my full review of them now.