Box leak confirms unchanged battery life for redesigned Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones

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As was revealed for the very first time just a few weeks ago, probably the best high-end wireless bluetooth headphones you can buy right now, definitely getting a sequel…soon. While many things about the impossibly named Sony WH-1000XM5 are still up in the air, including its release date, there were at least two key details reportedly disclosed in that TechnikNews report.

Unfortunately, a major upgrade over the WH-1000XM4, which was largely expected to top the list of the main selling points of these unheralded bad guys, turns out to be untrue. a new set of photos starring an almost certainly legit WH-1000XM5 box.

One of the photos clearly shows the little icons at the top of the box that highlight some of the common features potential customers care about most, such as built-in Alexa and Google Assistant support, native iPhone and iPod compatibility, 360 Reality Audio technology , Hi-Res Audio, “leading” noise cancellation and last but not least, a battery life of 30 hours.

By no means modest, the latest tidbit falls short of the recent rumor claiming that Sony’s WH-1000XM5 cans can keep your music going for up to 40 hours between charges with Active Noise Canceling turned on all the time.
Instead, we’ll probably now see the company advertise the same 30-hour endurance score with ANC on as the The WH-1000XM4 can last up to 38 hours when the “leading” technology is switched off. Of course, there’s a chance the latter number will be upgraded to 40 hours, which would explain the previous leak…while not impressing us much.

Today’s photos confirm that the WH-1000XM5 will look radically different on the outside from their predecessors, although you’ll have to judge for yourself whether that’s a good or a bad thing.

They say you shouldn’t try to fix what isn’t broken, but with the 2020 WH-1000XM4 so similar to their 2018 WH-1000XM3 predecessors, we can fully understand why. Sony felt the need for a change of pace.
Perhaps more importantly, expecting a Naver tipster the already impressive noise canceling functionality to get an improvement, but worryingly, “supply chain issues” could apparently lead to a price increase of over $350 WH-1000XM4.
With Apple’s demonstrably inferior AirPods Max normally available for $550 and the similarly advanced and popular Bose 700 fetching $400 a pair, we kind of expected something like this to happen sooner or later, so let’s hope Sony will be able to accommodate said price increase at a hold. .. reasonable level.

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