July 4, 2022

What you need to know

  • Real-world images of what appears to be a retail unit of the WH-1000XM4 successor have surfaced.
  • The WH-1000XM5 could have a 30-hour battery life, similar to the legacy headphones.
  • It may also depart from the WH-1000XM4’s design, ditching the extra hinges in favor of rotating ear cups.

Renders of Sony’s WH-1000XM4 successor leaked a few days ago, revealing a new design and a significant battery upgrade. However, real-world images of the Sony WH-1000XM5 have recently emerged to refute that claim.

A Reddit user has shared images of what appears to be a retail unit for Sony’s next-generation wireless headphones. The photos back up an earlier leak that suggested the WH-1000XM5 would deviate from the design of its predecessor. This means that the extra hinges that allow the WH-1000XM4 to fold into a compact form will be removed. Instead, its successor appears to have rotating ear cups that allow the headphones to fold flat.