Sony has a history of releasing high-end Bluetooth headphones and earbuds approximately biennially, and it appears to be nearing the launch of the Sony WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds to supersede the WF-1000XM4 from 2021. The latest buds were recently certified by the FCC, and the revealed images indicate that they are more streamlined than their predecessors. This development is sure to be met with a sense of contentment from consumers, as size was one of the primary criticisms of the current model.
The case for the new Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds has a higher 5V 230mAh rating compared to the previous WF-1000XM4 model’s 5V 140mAh rating. This increase in power could potentially mean faster charging times. The LED indicator has also been moved to the front of the case instead of being on the inside. Additionally, wireless charging capability is included in the new earbuds.
Upon closer inspection of the images, it appears that Sony has made some changes to the charging mechanism of the earbuds by reducing the number of pins from three to two. The case of the WF-1000XM5 also seems to be made of matte plastic, similar to that of its predecessor. While it is difficult to accurately determine the size of the case from these images, it appears that Sony may have managed to make it smaller than that of the WF-1000XM4.
The WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds from Sony have been manufactured in China, similarly to the LinkBuds S. As certifications are being processed and leaks are being disclosed, it is possible that the official release of the earbuds will happen soon.