Sony’s WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth headphones have consistently been among the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy since their release in 2020, thanks to their long-lasting battery and excellent noise cancelling capabilities.
It appears that the company is planning a significant upgrade. In a leak discovered by Gizmodo, German-language publication TechnikNews revealed details about the WH-1000XM5.
According to the source, Sony’s next flagship noise cancelling headphones will have a battery life of up to 40 hours. If accurate, that would be a significant improvement over the XM4’s already impressive 30 hours on a single charge.
Charging the new model to full capacity via USB-C is expected to take three and a half hours, or about 30 minutes longer than the XM4. The new model is also said to have an extra ANC processing chip and a new set of drivers.
However, as seen in the renders shared by TechnikNews, the most noticeable difference between the WH-1000XM4 and its alleged successor is an entirely new design. The XM5 does not appear to fold in like Sony’s current flagship Bluetooth headphones, but the tradeoff appears to be more padding on the earcups and a lighter band.
Many people enjoy the WH4 for its comfort, and it will be interesting to see if the new model’s design makes it even more comfortable to wear during long listening sessions.
The WH-1000XM5’s release date and price have yet to be announced by TechnikNews. The current model sells for $350 outside of sales. We should mention that Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds cost more than their predecessor due to the addition of features like Qi charging and LDAC support.