Oops! It looks like Sony is getting ready to release its next-generation WH1000XM4 wireless active noise cancelling headphones because they were just revealed in a big leak. There’s a regulatory body in Brazil called Anatel, which is basically the country’s version of the Federal Communications Commission in the United States. You know how the FCC sometimes leaks devices before they’re released by making regulatory filings public? Well, a blogger named Everton Favretto just discovered Sony’s upcoming WH1000XM4 ANC headphones on Anatel’s website. Here’s a photo of them:
The image isn’t all that exciting and guess what: neither are the new features discovered in the Anatel filing. According to the user manual, the only upgrades are Bluetooth 5.0 instead of 4.2, marginally longer battery life, and a feature that will apparently let you call the voice assistant to attention without having to push a button like you do now.
You know what? Pushing a button really isn’t that difficult and it’s certainly not worth getting too excited about. What’s more, it’s definitely not worth paying extra for. Sony’s current premium ANC headphones cost $350 and the new model will likely cost the same amount, but Amazon has the current-generation version on sale right now at a deep discount. In fact, you can get a better deal today than you could on Black Friday!
Black Friday saw the $250 Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones drop down to just $278. As they always do when they go on sale, they flew off of retailers’ physical and virtual store shelves. Today, Amazon is offering the same $72 discount that it did on Black Friday, but you also get an added bonus: a Sony 20,000 mAh high capacity portable power bank for free! This way, you can recharge your headphones on the go and never have to worry about running out of juice while you’re out and about.
Now that we know for certain that the new WH1000XM4 headphones aren’t going to be a huge upgrade, you should definitely take advantage of this great deal.
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