The Sony WF-1000XM4 are rated extremely highly by users and reviewers everywhere. Now, almost two years after their release it looks like Sony is getting ready to release a new version, with a new design for both the buds and the charging case — and they could present stiff competition for Apple's AirPods Pro 2.
In a leak from The Walkman Blog, there are now pictures of what appears to be the new WF-1000XM5 in pre-production forms. It looks like Sony is still sticking with that incredibly confusing naming convention, seeing the in-ear flagships only a letter away from the over-ear flagships, the WH-1000XM5.
New Sony WF-1000XM5
The leak doesn't just show us the new earbuds, but also the internals of the new buds. The earbuds themselves look very different from the strangely shaped previous model, this time coming in a gloss finish rather than a matte one. They also have changed shape, this time with more pronounced ends for the ear tips to slip over. It's hard to say now, but the design does look like it could be more comfortable than the previous model.
The case too will look a little different, gaining a more pill-like shape. Unlike the earbuds, it retains its matte finish. Compared to the case of the AirPods Pro 2, the Sony case looks a little fatter across the middle, and a little longer as well. If the leak proves to be real, and as soon as we have it in hand, we'll know how the case compares with rival options a little better. But until then it still looks a little more clumsy than that which comes with the AirPods Pro.
These are very early pictures of the new AirPods Pro 2 rivals, and while The Walkman Blog is generally reliable it's worth taking any leaks with a pinch of salt. Either way, it looks like there is a lot to be excited about, and we can't wait to compare them to the AirPods Pro 2 and potentially add them to our best true-wireless earbuds list.
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.