May 22, 2022

Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones may not have the battery gains you’re hoping for

By Jay Bonggolto published 17 days ago

Real-world images of the next-gen headphones have leaked, and they could be missing one critical upgrade over the WH-1000XM4.

Sony WH-1000XM5 leaked renders silver and black

Sony WH-1000XM5 leaked renders (Image credit: TechnikNews)

What you need to know

  • Real-world images of what appears to be a retail unit of the WH-1000XM4 successor have surfaced.
  • The WH-1000XM5 could have a 30-hour battery life, similar to the legacy headphones.
  • It may also depart from the WH-1000XM4’s design, ditching the extra hinges in favor of rotating ear cups.

Renders of Sony’s WH-1000XM4 successor leaked a few days ago, revealing a new design and a significant battery upgrade. However, real-world images of the Sony WH-1000XM5 have recently emerged to refute that claim.

Reddit user has shared images of what appears to be a retail unit for Sony’s next-generation wireless headphones. The photos back up an earlier leak that suggested the WH-1000XM5 would deviate from the design of its predecessor. This means that the extra hinges that allow the WH-1000XM4 to fold into a compact form will be removed. Instead, its successor appears to have rotating ear cups that allow the headphones to fold flat.

Meanwhile, the ear cups appear to be slightly larger than on the WH-1000XM4, and the padding on the headband and ear cups looks thicker. This design choice should aid in the isolation of background noise.Sponsored LinksWork A USA Job From Home in PakistanWork From Home Jobs

However, Sony’s next contender for the best wireless headphones may not have the huge battery upgrade you were hoping for. The retail box indicates that the headphones will only have a 30-hour battery life between charges, contradicting a previous claim of 40 hours.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…Android 13 Preview 1: What’s New!What’s coming in the next version of Android? Check out our hands-on with the first Android 13 Tiramisu developer preview build!https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.516.0_en.html#goog_17235845870 seconds of 54 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

It’s not exactly known whether the battery life information refers to performance with ANC enabled. But the previous leak claimed that its battery life could last up to 40 hours on a single charge with ANC turned on.

Nonetheless, the WH-1000XM5 looks to have a much sleeker design compared to previous generations.Image 1 of 2

Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit (Image credit: Chez5160 / Reddit)
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit (Image credit: Chez5160 / Reddit)
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit (Image credit: Chez5160 / Reddit)
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit
Sony WH-1000XM5 retail unit (Image credit: Chez5160 / Reddit)

It also looks to bring support for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The box shows “Ok Google,” suggesting that the headphones will detect the hot word for Google’s voice assistant when summoned without the need to press a button.

The WH-1000XM5 is also expected to support multiple pairings at once and to switch between devices automatically while in use.

There’s no official word on when Sony will launch the new headphones, but The Walkman Blog claims they will debut in August.

Jay Bonggolto

Jay Bonggolto 

News Writer

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.MORE ABOUT…PS VR2: When does it release?Google concedes to let Tinder owner Match bypass its Play Store billing systemLATESTAndroid 13 is picking up native support for most braille displays

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