We have been waiting for the release date of the Sony WH-1000XM4 since a submission by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by Sony revealed the model number of what could be a new pair of noise-canceling headphones. Although we still don’t have a release date, we will take a first look at the new looks, which will follow the success of the Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headset – our best headset of 2020.
According to The Verge, images of the Sony WH-1000XM4 were discovered by Twitter user Everton Favretto on an Anatel list – the Brazilian version of the FCC. If this is really the Sony WH-1000XM4 – and it is important to note that Sony has not confirmed its existence, but only the legitimacy of these photos – they are incredibly similar to the Sony WH-1000XM3. Practically identical, in fact.
Although we cannot take much advantage of the photos, the user manual included in the list provides some more information. However, it is worth noting that this user guide appears to be a design document and therefore the details can definitely differ when the final product is released. That said, it suggests some of the ways in which the WH-1000XM4s will improve their predecessors, including an upgrade from Bluetooth 4.2 to Bluetooth 5, which is expected to provide greater wireless range, more stable connectivity and faster data transfer.
Power consumption appears to have decreased from 8W to 2W, making the headphones last longer; battery life also appears to have increased from 36 to 40 hours. There also appears to be a new feature called “talk to talk”, which allows you to call the voice assistant of your choice (be it Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri) by saying an alert word. At the moment, you must press a button on the WH-1000XM3 to ask your voice assistant to make your move.
Fortunately, these extra functions will not be compromised. At the moment, Sony has not even confirmed that it will launch the 1000-XM4s, let alone the price – however, we can guess based on Sony’s previous headphones.