As if the the true wireless earbuds market wasn’t busy enough yet, one of its biggest players is reportedly gearing up to unveil yet another premium AirPods Pro alternative just three and 11 months after the wraps of the decidedly unconventional LinkBuds and complicated called but incredibly well-reviewed WF-1000XM4 respectively.
Despite what their own name might suggest, the approaching Sony LinkBuds S are going to look…pretty “normal”, closing the non-S model’s signature hole, while reportedly beating Apple’s aforementioned noise-canceling buttons. , as well as other high-end rivals, in a (fairly) important division.
When big and small numbers come together perfectly
According to WinFuture’s Roland Quandt
who is almost never wrong about this sort of thing, especially right before an announcement expected to happen tomorrow, each LinkBud S will weigh 4.8 grams.
That would make these bad guys the “lightest and smallest” earbuds with advanced active noise cancellation and hi-res audio technologies in tow, which is a marketing opportunity Undoubtedly, Sony intends to take full advantage of it and make the most of it.
In case you’re wondering, the hugely popular AirPods Pro tips the scales at 5.4 grams per bud, with Samsung’s significantly lower cost and equally well-rated. Galaxy Buds 2 weighs 5 grams and Sony’s WF-1000XM4 weighs a whopping 7.3 grams.
Of course, these aren’t exactly radical differences that all real-world users will notice right away, but when it comes to extended wireless music listening sessions, every extra gram can prove to be a pain after a while.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the LinkBuds S, however, is that the reduced weight shouldn’t negatively impact battery life, tipped to start at six hours (possibly with ANC turned off) and go all the way up to 20 hours when adding of the factor charging into the equation.
Not quite industry-leading, those numbers certainly sound high enough to keep these pooches in contention for the title of best wireless earbuds money can buy, especially after considering some of the other decidedly premium features unveiled today.
So much more to be excited about
With the same IPX4 water resistance rating as the WF-1000XM4 and AirPods Pro, splashes and sweat shouldn’t be a problem for Sony LinkBuds S wearers, who can also enjoy “powerful bass and clear voice reproduction” thanks to a 5mm driver, as well as impeccable connectivity (at least in theory) with Bluetooth 5.2. support, not to mention Adaptive Sound Control functionality that ensures an “optimum listening experience” that automatically adapts to your environment.
All of this will come at a cost, of course, but while more expensive than the Galaxy Buds 2 and non-noise-cancelling LinkBuds, the €199 LinkBuds S will likely undercut the AirPods Pro, at least at their regular price. In the United States, of course, you can expect a suggested retail price of around two Benjamins…provided there is a US release in the pipeline, which we have no reason to doubt will indeed be the case.
By the way, conventional doesn’t equate to boring (let alone ugly) here, with the “lightest and smallest” noise-cancelling earbuds looking like they could easily turn heads at the gym, on the street, or even in the office.