After a few weeks of leaks, announced Sony has officially announced its latest WF-1000XM4 true wireless noise-canceling headphones with LDAC and IPX4 water resistance.
The headphones are aimed squarely at the premium segment of the burgeoning true wireless market, with a feature set packed into their compact frame
The new WF-1000XM4 earphones cost $279.99, and the previous WF-1000XM3 earphones, released in 2019, remain in the company’s lineup at $229.99.
The new headphones are available in either black or light gray, and the 1000XM4 features a completely revamped design that is 10 percent smaller than its predecessors.
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The 1000XM4 headphones also have a new processing chip that improves noise cancellation at all frequencies, according to Sony.
The new chip is called the Integrated Processor V1, and it improves performance along with hardware improvements and a pair of noise-sensing microphones across each earbud.
Sony offers a transparency mode called Ambient Sound Control here. This mode blends outside noise with whatever you’re playing in case you want to be more aware of your surroundings.
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Sony announces WF-1000XM4:
Battery life has been increased to eight hours of continuous operation when NC is enabled. that outperform competitors, such as AirPods Pro, QuietComfort Earbuds and Galaxy Buds Pro.
The charging case has been significantly reduced in size and is 40 percent smaller than before. Aside from connecting via USB-C, it also supports Qi wireless charging.
Sony says: It provides 16 hours of battery on a full charge case. A five-minute charge can give you about an hour of uptime.
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Sony estimates battery life at eight hours per charge with active noise cancellation and 12 hours per charge without it.
Sony has also addressed an issue that has existed since the 1000XM3s. The new earbuds are rated according to IPX4 water and sweat resistance.
The 1000XM4 also has an updated voice calling system that uses both beamforming microphones and bone conduction sensors to improve performance.
But there is still no support for multilateral Bluetooth connections.
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