When will the Sony WH-1000XM4 be released?

It's unclear exactly when the 1000XM4 model will launch, but the fact they've been spotted is a good sign. 

Summer of 2020 seems likely if you ask us, provided the caronavirus doesn't push things back. IFA 2020 is going ahead in September (sort of), so Sony could well announce the headphones there.

However, The Walkman Blog has spotted a document which suggest they may arrive in June 2020.

How much will the Sony WH-1000XM4 cost?

There are no price rumours just yet, but we expect the XM4 to cost at least the same as the XM3 or more. They came in at £329/US$350.

We have, according to two different leaks, a confirmed price for the WH-1000XM4. The Walkman Blog claims that Best Buy US put the headphones up briefly by mistake with a price of US $349.99. The site also grabbed some nice images of the headphones.

That makes the price identical to the XM3 and this is effectively backed up by a Reddit user who posted an image showing Walmart's stock inventory displaying the XM4s at $348. Since then, Walmart has accidentally put a page for the headphones live confirming the price. 

It's now down, of course, but also confirmed the various leaked features of the headphones we've detailed below.

Sony WF-1000XM4

What will be new on the Sony WH-1000XM4?

There's not a huge amount to learn from the leaked photos. These are via Everton Favretto who spotted them in an Anatel listing – Brazil's version of the FCC. An FCC listing also points at the new model.

If these are the XM4, then it looks like the design will be extremely similar. In fact, they look identical based on these photos.

Looking at them might not give much away but a user manual in the listing suggests some upgrades that might make the XM4 better than its predecessor.

Blutooth 5.0 is an obvious upgrade as the latest standard and will bring improved wireless range and more reliable connectivity. 

Power consumption is listed at just 2W compared to 8W so the Sony WH-1000XM4 should have longer battery life. The manual indicates a jump from 36- to 40 hours.

It also looks like it will let you activate a voice assistant (Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa) with a key phrase. At the moment, the XM3 does this with the press of a physical button.

sony wh-1000xm4 wireless headphones

There are some interesting new details about the XM4 headphones that have been leaked via @justplayinghard who has managed to teardown the Headphone Connect 7.0.1 apk (Android Application Package).

The findings suggest that the XM4 will be one of the smartest pairs of headphones ever seen, starting with some interesting location features. Using a Google Maps API, the headphones will be able to change your settings based on where you are.

That’s pretty handy if you want, for example, different noise cancelling settings for home and the office.

You’ll also be able to connect the headphones to multiple devices, although it seems two is the maximum. This means you can switch between them quickly, as although older pairs could have multiple Bluetooth devices, you have to disconnect from one to switch to another.

This can be managed from the app, which will also let you backup your settings to an Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Sony or WeChat account.

The downside is that the apk suggests the Hi-Res Audio LDAC codec won't be available when using pairing to multiple devices.

There’s more as a feature called Smart Talking sounds pretty neat. If the headphones detect a voice, ambient sound mode will be engaged so you can hear the person then things will go back to normal after a set time (Fast, Mid, Slow, or None). Voice note recording might also be a feature.

Smart Talking sounds cool but it’s unclear how the XM4s will handle this when surrounded by lots of voices, like in an office or on a busy train.

Much of these leaked details have been corroborated by XDA.

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