Sony’s new high-end headphones: leaked first images of the WH-1000XM5

Photos of the Sony WH-1000XM5 have appeared on the web. If you’re interested in over-ear Bluetooth headphones, you might not be able to read this article fast enough. Sony’s earphones are some of the best models in the wireless ANC earphones market. As a result, it’s exciting that Sony finally dares to come up with a new design.


  • Images and specifications of the Sony WH-1000XM5 have appeared on the web.
  • New design with more curves and 40 hours of autonomy.
  • The release date of the new headphones is still unclear.

A German colleague from the tech industry, among all, discovered the first images of the Sony WH-1000XM5 on the web. As a reminder, Sony combines industry-leading active noise cancellation, high-quality sound and the latest technologies like 3D audio or intelligent motion detection in its high-end models. The WH-1000XM series is therefore one of the most important Bluetooth headsets on the market. Click here for our Sony WH-1000XM4 review.

In the fifth generation, Sony finally seems to be moving away from the familiar design of previous models. As you can see from the photos, this means a rounder design, which reminds me a bit of the Apple AirPods Max. Sony’s typical color combinations of white, black and gold are sleek, even chunky.

Rumors about some technical improvements

Nils Ahrensmeier also discloses technical data on TechnikNews, which at least looks promising so far. A first highlight is the battery life, which the manufacturer will probably improve by 25%, from 40 hours to 50 hours when the ANC is activated. Despite the longer runtime, the charging time is only supposed to be 30 minutes longer – an indication for better fast charging via USB-C.

Pictures of the Sony WH-1000XM5.

The design of the Sony WH-1000XM5 has been slightly modified / © TechnikNews / Sony.

Also, a new driver is supposed to be used, but it is not specified further so far. Sony’s already good ANC could get even better with the use of two processors – Sony could even launch the successor to the current QN1 ANC chip – and thanks to Bluetooth 5.2 and six microphones, the headphones seem to become a good overall package. .

Pictures of the silver and black color variant of the Sony WH-1000XM5.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 in silver and black / © TechnikNews / Sony

When the headphones will hit the market and how much they will cost are currently unknown. However, according to Technical Newsthe quoted retail source assumes a release soon.

Are you looking forward to Sony’s new high-end headphones? What novelties do you expect and what do you think of the new design? Let us know in the comments!

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