Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds And Charging Case Leaks; May Launch In June

Photos showcasing the various angles of Sony’s supposedly upcoming WF-1000XM4 earbuds as well as its charging case have recently surfaced online. This new insight seemingly corroborates with another leak back in February, where snippets of the device’s packaging was uploaded to Reddit.

Much like the earlier leak, the WF-1000XM4 is shown to feature a more compact and round design – breaking away from the oval form factor of its predecessor. For this set of images shared by The Walkman Blog, this particular model sports what appears to be a dark purple colour scheme, along with bronze or gold accents for the Sony logo and detailing. It’s also worth noting that the earbuds sometimes appear in black in some shots, therefore it could be possible that two or more colour selections may be available upon release. That, or its just the lighting condition when photos of the device were taken.

As mentioned earlier, the website also included photos showcasing the earbuds’ accompanying charging case. This time around, it exhibits a more compact design than its predecessor, which is likely attributed to the WF-1000XM4’s smaller form factor. It also appears that Sony has ditched the two-tone colour scheme ala the XM3’s case, and went with a single unified colour instead. Another noteworthy change is the location of the USB-C port, which is shown to be situated on the back of the charging case – unlike its predecessor, where it’s located at the bottom.

On a related note, Pocket-Lint discovered that the Xperia 1 III’s reverse wireless charging menu features a graphic that showcases the feature working with a charging case that suspiciously looks similar to the one belonging to the WF-1000XM4. This implies that the latter’s case will be equipped with wireless charging, a feature that wasn’t included with Sony’s 2019 model.

Another interesting tidbit worth pointing out are the manufacturing labels on both the earbuds and its charging case. Much like other portable audio products from Sony, it is revealed that the WF-1000XM4 are also manufactured in Malaysia. While that doesn’t necessarily guarantee an early local release, it’s a nice bit of trivia regardless.

Again, not much is known about the specifications of the earbuds, save for some details that were revealed on its leaked packaging back in February. As a quick recap, the leak alleged that the WF-1000XM4 features active noise cancelling (ANC) capabilities and up to six hours of battery life (24 hours via charging case). Interestingly, the bottom of the device’s charging case shows a 5V/140mA charging output rating which suggests a slightly faster charging rate.

Sony has yet to officialise the WF-1000XM4 earbuds and announce its release date. However, according to The Walkman Blog’s findings, the device’s supposed listing on FCC suggests that the brand might launch its new earbuds sometime in June.

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