Sony WH-1000XM5 retail packaging leak confirms headphone redesign [Update: May 12 Launch Date, $399 RRP Rumored]

Retail packaging images of Sony’s highly anticipated next-gen WH-1000XM5 headphones have leaked online, confirming the newly rumored new design and suggesting a launch might not be too far off.

Originally shared on a Sony subreddit, the photos show that the images on the box corroborate the rumored redesign, replacing the wrapped arms that rotate on the 1000XM4s with an exposed arm that has a single point of contact on the ear cups, which looks a lot better. slightly larger than in headphones. previous generation.

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However, the images cast doubt on one aspect of the rumour. Last month, based in Germany TechnikNews reported that an anonymous retail source suggested that the WH-1000XM5s will have up to 40 hours of battery life with active noise cancellation turned on, which is 10 hours longer than the XM4s. Details in the box listing via 30 hours of battery life.

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One possible explanation is that the 30 hours relates to noise cancellation when Sony’s LDAC high-resolution audio coding technology is enabled, and this increases to 40 hours when LDAC is not active, but that’s just speculation. Alternatively, Sony may have opted to reduce battery capacity to reduce overall weight and maintain battery life due to more efficient components, but again, we won’t know for sure until the product launches.

It’s unclear when that will happen, but given that retail packaging appears to be finalized with potential units already available, it suggests they could be available sooner rather than later. The short-term confidentiality date on the earphones’ FCC filings is said to end on August 8, but the XM5s could always debut earlier. For reference, Sony announced the XM4s in June 2021.

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In particular, a post about Korean ship The blog doubles down on the improved sound and noise-canceling feature of the new headphones, and suggests that supply chain issues could command a higher price than the XM4, which retails for $349. Either way , we should get all the details pretty soon and learn how they stack up against what will be its main rival, Apple’s $549 AirPods Max.

To update: “Yes,” tweeted Jon Prosser in response to this article. The YouTube leaker claims that the XM5 headphones have a 30-hour battery life and Sony will announce them on May 12 with a price of $399.

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