Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds could be launched in this week or end of this month and they might keep the price between $280 to $300.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 is expected to be instantly recognizable due to its revolutionary features, ease of use, and accessibility. These particular earbuds have risen to the top of the list for people worldwide. Recently, we witnessed the next iteration of Sony in the WH lineup called the WH-1000XM5, which highlighted the next step toward an audio revolution. With that in mind, Sony users eagerly anticipate the arrival of the next step for the WF lineup, which we assume will be called the WF-1000XM5.
So, what can we expect from Sony regarding the next lineup of premium earbuds? Let’s find out.
Ever since its debut on June 8th, 2021, the Sony WF-1000XM4 has been dazzling the world. These earbuds have become the gold standard choice for a significant number of people worldwide, regardless of their musical taste, preferences, knowledge, or brand loyalty. Considering Sony’s tendency to announce the next-gen upgrade within a two-year time frame, it’s not too early to speculate or get excited about the next step in the WF lineup, which will likely be called the WF-1000XM5.
Just a few months ago, Sony launched the next step in the WH series, calling it the WH-1000XM5, which brought numerous upgrades over its predecessor, the WH-1000XM4. The design has undergone a drastic change, as Sony decided to trade in the notched headband track on the XM4 in favor of a friction rod adjustment system. However, this change limited portability, which disappointed many long-time users. Sony could learn from this and avoid implementing any features that would restrict the mobility of its users, such as larger drivers that would make the buds bulkier or a bigger battery to promote longer battery life but increase the size of the charging case. Most earbud users prefer a lightweight and compact design.
Comfort is also an important factor. Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro included extra small ear tips for people with comparatively smaller ears, which made a significant impact. Sony could benefit from providing a similar option, as a few users of the WF-1000XM4 complained about the fit, despite the overall superior comfort. A small solution to this issue could go a long way.
Additionally, it is expected that the WF-1000XM5 will have better short-range wireless connectivity, following Apple’s implementation of Bluetooth 5.3 in its latest earbuds. Bluetooth 5.3 drastically increases connection strength and overall range while consuming minimal power. If Sony does not equip the next earbuds with Bluetooth 5.3, it would disappoint many users.
Water Protected Case
In terms of protection, the Sony WF-1000XM4 carries a basic IPX4 rating, making them resistant to basic water hazards. However, there have been cases where the charging case itself was damaged due to unexpected water exposure. Therefore, a water-protected case would provide peace of mind for many users.
Battery life is always a consideration, and while the XM4 offers a respectable 7 to 8 hours of battery life, an even larger battery capacity would be welcomed, potentially providing 12 to 24 hours of usage with the charging case.
As for the price, Sony has maintained a good price-to-performance ratio with its previous products. Considering that the WF-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5 are both priced similarly, we can assume that the upcoming WF-1000XM5 will fall within the $300 range.
Our Wishlist for the Sony WF-1000XM5
The WF-1000XM4 is quite large and bulky, which can be a challenge for those of us with smaller ears. I personally struggle with the fit of the WF-1000XM4 and often need to readjust them to make them more secure. From the various renderings and pictures, it appears that the WF-1000XM5 will be slightly smaller, which is something I’m looking forward to.
Better Microphone Performance
While the microphones on the WF-1000XM4 are okay, they can sometimes sound muffled. Based on Sony’s recent earbuds like the WF-C700N and the WF-700S, which have better microphones than the XM4s in my opinion, I’m confident that Sony will improve the microphone quality with the XM5.
Slightly More Bass
The WF-1000XM3 had a punchy sound with pronounced bass, while the XM4’s bass is more reserved. With a custom EQ, it’s possible to tailor the sound, but a bit more bass out of the box would be appreciated by those who prefer stronger bass frequencies.
Silicone Ear Tips
Rumours suggests that the WF-1000XM5 will have the same foam ear tips as the XM4, which some people like for their sound isolation and improved noise cancellation. However, I personally prefer silicone ear tips as they are easier to clean and don’t deteriorate over time. It would be nice if Sony includes silicone options in the box as well.
Apart from all these considerations, what would you personally like to see as the next best thing in the earbuds industry? We would love to hear your thoughts.
James Smith has always been intrigued by electronic products since his childhood. After his post graduation in electronics from a popular university, he decided to pursue a career in the electronics sector. But his calling for writing about these marvellous pieces of work got the better of him. That is how UBG was started. With a writing career spanning more than 12 years, James has worked on several hundred product reviews. During his free time, he like to spend time with his pet dog and relax in the swimming pool.