It’s one thing to launch an exceptional, top-notch product, and another to continue upholding that standard. Sony has never ceased to impress with its WH-1000XM line of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones, and it seems a new member will soon join the family…probably.
The electronics giant has dropped a product teaser on YouTube, alongside a #ListenwithSony hashtag and a header that reads, “Something exciting is coming your way.” The reveal is slated for 6 August 2020 at 11am EDT (11pm SGT), which is exactly a week from now.
As expected, Sony is being deliberately cryptic and vague on the details, but its audio-focused direction likely points to a possible launch of the WH-1000XM4 headset. With the XM3 already boasting a combination of class-leading noise cancellation, elegant aesthetics, and great comfort, however, that’d mean that the latter will have to bring something a bit more special to the table.
If the speculation proves correct, that is. Back in March, a leak of the headphones surfaced on the Internet, prompting many to expect an XM4 launch sometime this year. According to an accompanying user manual, the product will reportedly include a couple of notable improvements, such as:
- A prolonged battery life
- Bluetooth v5 (updated from v4.2)
- 2W of rated power consumption (down to 8W)
- 40 hours of operation with headphone cable connection and noise cancellation on max (up from 36 hours)
- A new “speak to chat” feature, allowing for easier access to Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa
It’d be interesting to see what else Sony still has up its sleeves to surpass the high bar set by the XM3. A release date and price confirmation would very much be welcomed as well, but we’ll have to wait until the product launch to get further information.