The Sony WF-1000XM5 would correct the main defect of its predecessors

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Two years after the WF-1000XM4 hit the market, Sony is about to release its new WF-1000XM5. The leaked images tell us in particular about the size of these new wireless headphones… and good news, they would be more compact.

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones, for illustration // Source: Frandroid

Sony’s habits when it comes to high-end wireless headphones are pretty easy to pin down: the brand typically releases a new pair every couple of years. Logically, the Japanese manufacturer should introduce its new WF-1000XM5 soon this year… two full years after the debut of its WF-1000XM4, released in 2021. Sony’s high-end intras have been certified by the FCC.

As a result of this certification, mandatory to launch an electronic device in the US market, some photos have been leaked. Enough to give us a fairly accurate idea of ​​the design adopted by the WF-1000XM5, but also to see that Sony would make them more compact than their predecessors. A very welcome novelty when the XM4 suffered from precisely too much space.

Sony WF-1000XM5: it would be for very soon…

Among the other visible changes to the three shared sockets, the move to two pins for recharging inside the case (compared to the previous three), and the adoption of a larger 5V/230mAh battery than the XM4’s: its case was really happy with just a 5V / 140 mAh battery. This modification could lead to faster charging of the headphones.

Source: Sony via GSMArena

We also see a movement of the charging light. Before installed in the box, now it is placed in front of the latter. The XM5s’ case would retain a matte coating for the rest, but could be a bit smaller than the XM4s’. However, it’s hard to be sure at this stage, especially since the battery would be stronger.

It remains to be seen when these new WF-1000XM5s might arrive. The custom is generally to regard FCC certification as a harbinger of an upcoming release. Under these conditions, we would not be surprised if Sony formalized its new headphones in the coming weeks. As a reminder, the WF-1000XM4, for its part, had been marketed in June 2021.

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