We’ve been waiting for the successor to the excellent Sony WH-1000XM3 for quite some time now, and it seems like the wait is coming to an end soon. Not only has it been registered with our local certification body, SIRIM, we finally got a look at the design of the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM4 thanks to a new leak.
These leaked images of the WH-1000XM4 come from Brazil’s Anatel, which is SIRIM’s equivalent in the country. These images were tweeted by Mishaal Rahman with English description, who got the original pictures from another Twitter user, Everton Favretto. Anyway, these images show the yet to be released wireless headphones in multiple angles.
Looking at these alleged images of the WH-1000XM4, it bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor. It still comes with a USB Type-C port on the bottom for charging, along with the 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s also worth noting that there’s a label that shows the wireless headphones are manufactured right here in Malaysia, just like the XM3.
On top of that, the user manual of the WH-1000XM4 was leaked too. While it doesn’t reveal much of the headphones specifications, it does state that the XM4 can last for up to 40 hours in wired mode with active noise cancellation switched on. That’s reasonably good battery life.
Other details mentioned in the manual include support for Bluetooth 5.0 and a “speak to chat” function. The latter is quite vague, but it should be a new feature.
Chances are, the WH-1000XM4 will bring some notable upgrades over the XM3. Now that it ships with Bluetooth 5.0, it’s possible the headphones will be able to pair with more than one device now; this is one of the biggest shortcomings of the current XM3 headphones. If it does pair with more than one device, the XM4 will be a lot more seamless to use with multiple audio sources.
Besides that, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect better active noise cancellation performance with the upcoming WH-1000XM4. Audio quality of the headphones could be further improved too, which would make the XM4 a worthy upgrade over its predecessor.
Given that the Sony WH-1000XM4 has been registered with our very own SIRIM and photographed by Brazil’s Anatel, we reckon the wireless headphones will be made official very soon. But does that mean you shouldn’t get the XM3 until then? Not necessarily, given that it’s currently going for well below its original asking price.