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

Since their release in 2020, they’ve consistently been among the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy thanks to their long battery life and excellent noise-canceling capabilities. Now it appears that the company has a substantial update planned. In a leak detected by publication in german shared details on what to expect from the WH-1000XM5.

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

But as you can see in the renders TechnikNews shared, the most noticeable difference between the WH-1000XM4 and its supposed successor is a completely new design. It looks like the XM5 won’t fold like Sony’s current flagship Bluetooth headphones, but it looks like they’ll have more ear cushions and a lighter headband. Many people love the WH4 for its comfort and it will be interesting to see if the design of the new model makes it even easier to use during long listening sessions.

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

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