Sony launches high-end Bluetooth headphones and earbuds around every two years, and it’s now almost time for the WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds to replace the WF-1000XM4 from 2021. The new buds got certified by the FCC recently, and the images thus outed reveal that they’re more compact than their predecessors – news that will undoubtedly be greeted with sighs of relief left and right, since size was one of the main issues with the M4s.
Inside the case, you can see that Sony’s moved to two pins instead of three for charging the buds, while the case material seems to be matte plastic like for the M4’s case. Although it’s very hard to ascertain the size of the case from these context-deprived images, it seems like it could be smaller than the M4’s.
The case is rated for 5V 230mAh, which is more than the 5V 140mAh rating the M4’s case got, and hopefully this will translate into faster charging. The LED has moved from the inside of the case to the front. Wireless charging is present of course.
The WF-1000XM5 are made in China, just like Sony’s LinkBuds S. They might become official pretty soon, now that certifications are underway and leaks are starting to pop up.