Leaked images of the rumored Sony WF-1000XM4 have surfaced online showing a dramatic design overhaul for the best wireless earbuds you can buy right now, the Sony WF-1000XM3.
Based on the images, it looks like the Sony WF-1000XM4 will have a slimmer build than their predecessors, with rounder housings and what look like memory foam earbuds.
The gold Sony logo has also changed slightly and now appears on the side of the earbuds instead of the top. Meanwhile, a gold accent on the outside of the earbuds could be an external noise canceling microphone, as The Walkman Blog speculates.
The Reddit user also posted some additional images of the packaging, showing the claimed battery life of six hours from the earbuds themselves and an additional 18 hours from the charging case. That’s the same as the current Sony WF-1000XM3, so you might be disappointed if you’re hoping for a big improvement in battery life (assuming these images are legit, of course).
Other specifications taken out of the box include Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification and a return of the active noise canceling technology that made the WF-1000XM3 so popular.
Are these images real?
The Sony WF-1000XM3 is our pick for the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today, thanks to their excellent sound quality, industry-leading noise cancellation, sleek design, and great value for money – but since launching in July 2019, it just might be time for a new generation to take over.
Unfortunately, The Walkman Blog has been unable to verify the legitimacy of the images posted on Reddit, citing concerns about the font on the packaging and the placement of the Sony logo on the earbuds themselves.
As with any leak, it’s important to create these images with a grain of salt. Like Notebook control points out that no reference to the WF-1000XM4 has been found on regulatory bodies such as the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), so far, which is usually a sign that a product will be launched soon.
For that reason we do not expect to see the Sony WF-1000XM4 for the time being. In fact, it is entirely possible that Sony will launch the fourth generation of wireless earbuds on the second anniversary of the WF-1000XM3, in July 2021.
Still, it’s hard not to get excited about this leak. If Sony can match the success of its over-ear WH-1000XM4, the brand could easily maintain its crown as the best wireless earbud manufacturer in the world – and with rumors that the Apple AirPods 3 and the AirPods Pro 2 could also be circulating, could indeed be a very good year for wireless earbud enthusiasts.