Sony wf-1000XM5 comes with 8.4 mm drivers

Ashish Charde

The Sony wf-1000xm4 is largely dubbed the AirPods Pro for Android, and it's not hard to see why it boasts a nice design,  great sound quality, excellent active noise cancellation, performance, and extensive customization options via its mobile app. But these buds came out in 2021, and to be honest, it's about time for an upgrade, so the big question is:

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When will the Sony wf-1000xm5 which is true wireless buds come out  with 8.4 mm drivers, and what should we expect when they finally launch?

Today I'm going to be running through some of the most important rumors surrounding the upcoming Sony WF-1000xm5. Try saying that three times.

What are Sony's next-gen earbuds going to look like? 

First things first, what are Sony's next-gen earbuds going to look like? Well, we've actually got a good idea. Back in March 2023, some images were leaked that showed off the earbuds and case design, and we know for a fact that these are indeed the wf-1000xm-5s since the case ID and model number match an FCC filing made by Sony in late February that describes a wireless noise canceling headset. On top of that, renders recently posted by Wind Future seemed to confirm the earbuds's new design now compared to the wf-1000x74.

Sony's next Flagship buds appear to have a more rounded case design, and instead of the LED indicators sitting on the lip of the charging case, the wf-1000xm5 appears to have a more subtle LED dot on the front of the case, similar to the Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro. As for the earbuds themselves, they appear to have more angled nozzles than their predecessor, which could improve comfort. In regards to materials, it seems that the wf-1000xm5 will feature a matte coating for the case and touch control areas of the buds; however, it seems that the sides of the buds and parts of the charging case lid may have a more glossy finish.

What should we expect when it comes ?

Now we all know not to judge a book just by its cover, so what should we expect when it comes to features and specs? we already know that the Sony wf-1000xm4 is among the best performing noise canceling earbuds on the market, Sound Guides, has done some extensive testing to gauge the sound quality and noise-cancelling performance of these earbuds.

So if you want to check out our full review of the WF-1000xm4, After you're done with this one, you'll probably see a younger, more Sprite-looking version of me while you're at it. Because the wf-1000xm4 already has great noise canceling performance, we expect that Sony's next-gen earbuds will build off that success, either meeting or exceeding the ANC performance of its predecessor. Also, with the release of other earbuds like the AirPods Pro Gen 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, we were also expecting Sony to keep up with its competition by including Bluetooth 5.3 with its next earbuds. This should allow the wf-1000xm5s in theory to feature even longer battery life and maintain a more stable connection than the wf-1000xm4.

We also expect that Sony's new earbuds are likely to include the Le Audio Lc3 codec. This was a long name, which means that the buds could benefit from a higher quality standard compared to the SBC codec while also standing ready to support exciting new audio Technologies such as Aura Cast for the hard of hearing.

XM5  Dynamic driver X Tech which features 8.4 millimeter drivers

And just recently, Wind feature added that the XM5 earbuds will have Dynamic Driver X Tech, which features 8.4 millimeter drivers, which are bigger than the ones found on the XM4 earbuds, and this should result in increased base emphasis in terms of battery life. We're also expecting the new earbuds to perform similarly to their predecessor, offering at least seven to eight hours of continuous playback on a single charge, and according to rumors, it is likely that the new earbuds should last up to 24 hours with the new charging case. On top of that, you'll likely get an hour's worth of playback after just three minutes of charging, which is quite impressive.


We expect to make a return with the wf-1000xm5, which includes Sony 360 Reality Audio Qi wireless charging via the charging case DSE Extreme for up sampling in compressed audio formats and continued support for Sony's high-quality LDAC Bluetooth streaming codec.

XM5 Prices

Now that all of this sounds good to you, you're probably wondering when I can get this and how much it's going to cost me. Well, when it comes to pricing, it's clear that Sony has been steadily increasing the cost of its Flagship buds with every release, so if you're thinking of buying the wf-1000xm5 when it's finally launched, it's likely going to cost you more than 280 US Dollars and even above 300 US Dollars.

XM5 Release Date

And borrowing on issues that may arise from the global microchip shortage, you can expect Sony's newest buds to be released anytime between June and August of this year, and this is around the same launch window as Sony's other Flagship buds in previous years.


Now, those are just some of the biggest rumors surrounding the wf-1000xm5, but there are a few features we hope to see with Sony's next earbuds. For instance, we'd like to see Sony include extra-small ear tips in the Box in order to cater to people with smaller ear canals. We'd also like to see the new earbuds feature improved microphone quality and an ipx5 or higher water resistance rating, and on top of that, we're hoping that Sony will enable Bluetooth multi-point connectivity on its new earbuds from day one.


But how do you feel about Sony's next earbuds? Are you thinking of buying the wf-1000xm5? Let us know in the comments down below.

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