Sony’s WH-1000XM5 noise canceling headphones could feature a new design

Since their release in 2020, they’ve consistently been some of the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy thanks to their long-lasting battery life and excellent noise-canceling abilities. Now it looks like the company has a substantial upgrade planned. In a leak spotted by german language publication shared details on what to expect from the WH-1000XM5.

According to the outlet, Sony’s next flagship noise-canceling headphones will offer up to 40 hours of battery life. If accurate, that would be a significant improvement over the already impressive 30 hours you can get on a single charge from the XM4. Fully charging the new model via USB-C would take about three and a half hours, about 30 minutes longer than the XM4. The new model would also feature an additional processing chip for ANC and a new set of drivers.

But as you can see on the renders TechnikNews shared, the most notable difference between the WH-1000XM4 and its purported successor is an entirely new design. It looks like the XM5 won’t fold up like Sony’s current flagship Bluetooth headphones, but the trade-off seems to be that they’ll feature more padding on the earcups and a lighter band. Many people love the WH4 for its comfort and it will be interesting to see if the new model’s design makes it even easier to wear over long listening sessions.

TechnikNews hasn’t said anything about a release date or price for the WH-1000XM5. Outside of sales, the current model retails for $350. We’ll note here that Sony’s headphones ended up costing more than their predecessor due to the addition of features like Qi charging and LDAC support.

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