Sony Audio Product Teaser Hints At Potential WH-1000XM4 Launch

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.

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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
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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.

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