New details about the upcoming Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds have been revealed in another leak. If you haven't been following our coverage of them, these buds are the successor to Sony's best true wireless earbuds and look to be an exciting upgrade.
In recent weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about the company's next flagship earbuds thanks to a leaked spec sheet that was released. These have revealed that they could be great news for those with smaller ears as well as other upgrades
According to a recent article by WinFuture.de which included promotional images (above) of the earbuds, even more details have been released about what the new earbuds will offer. And it looks like they're going to be pretty special.
Read our three reasons for why we're excited about the Sony WF-1000XM5.
1. You don't need to have a massive head
For all their many joys, the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds are hefty both in terms of dimensions and in weight. But the new 1000XM5 buds are significantly smaller and a lot lighter too. Each earbud is reportedly 1.4g lighter than before, bringing the weight down to 5.9g per earbud, and the case is 2g lighter too. The case doesn't really matter to me, but as someone who's worn larger earbuds for long periods I'm all in favour of smaller and lighter.
2. They're probably going to sound better
A slimmer design means new drivers, and the latest reports say that the new drivers here are Dynamic Driver X with a diameter of 8.4mm. They'll be accompanied by two new proprietary chips to support Hi-Res Audio and Sony's DSEE Extreme audio tech and promise better microphones too.
3. They're getting an extra battery
WinFuture reports that there's an additional battery in the WF-1000XM5 case, which extends the total running time of the earbuds to 24 hours and gives you an hour of playback from just three minutes of charge. A full charge takes two hours.
How much will Sony's WF-1000XM5 cost?
Those are the big three reasons, but there's more. Bluetooth 5.3 with multi-point should make it easy to connect to all your kit, and the buds are IPX4 certified for water and sweat so they should be a good option for runners and gym-goers.
We don't yet know when these buds will go on sale or what their price tag will be, but we'll be very surprised if they're not priced similarly to the current model, which retails for $279.99 / £250 / AU$449.95.
If you can't wait for the Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds to drop and need some new headphones for the summer, then take a look at our guide of the best earbuds, which features other Sony earbuds worth considering.
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