After a number of weeks of leaks, Sony has at present formally introduced its newest flagship true wi-fi earbuds. The brand new WF-1000XM4 earbuds value $279.99, and the earlier WF-1000XM3s, launched in 2019, will stay within the firm’s lineup at $229.99. The brand new headphones can be accessible in both black or mild grey — each with gold accenting. They’re accessible beginning at present from retailers together with Amazon and Best Buy.
That includes a very revamped design that’s 10 p.c smaller than their predecessors, the 1000XM4 buds even have a brand new processing chip that leads to improved noise cancellation “in any respect frequencies,” in keeping with Sony.
Battery life has been upped to eight hours of steady playback when NC is enabled, which soundly beats opponents just like the Apple AirPods Professional, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, and Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional. The charging case has been considerably downsized and is 40 p.c smaller than earlier than. Except for plugging in over USB-C, it additionally helps Qi wi-fi charging.
Sony has additionally addressed a disappointing omission from the 1000XM3s: these new earbuds are rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance. The 1000XM4s even have an up to date voice name system that makes use of each beamforming mics and bone conduction sensors to enhance efficiency. However right here’s the one standout disappointment: there’s nonetheless no assist for multipoint Bluetooth connections.
In the event you’re questioning how all of this shakes out, I’ve been utilizing Sony’s new premium buds for a number of days. You may read my full review of them proper now.