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Here's your best look yet at Sony's upcoming AirPods Pro competitor

You might even get the WF-1000XM4 in beige.

Published onMay 12, 2021

  • New press-quality images of Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds appear to have leaked.
  • They support talk of a new charging case, and even show off a new beige color.
  • It’s still not certain when the buds might ship.

You didn’t have to wait long for a better look at Sony’s repeatedly leaked WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds. As XDA reports, WinFuture‘s Roland Quandt has shared what appear to be press images of the XM4 that reveal a handful of new details in the process.

The imagery supports claims that Sony has redesigned the WF-1000XM4 with smaller, hopefully more comfortable buds that each have a “bullet.” They also show the reported new charging case that replaces what you got with the XM3, although there’s nothing to indicate wireless charging in the pictures we’ve seen so far.

As you may have noticed, though, there’s a conspicuous addition: a new color. Sony is reportedly readying the WF-1000XM4 in what appears to be a beige or chalk white hue. This wouldn’t be a completely surprising move (you can get the XM3 in white), but it could be reassuring if you weren’t keen on getting an XM4 pair in black.

See also: The best true wireless earbuds

Earlier tips had the WF-1000XM4 adding Hi-Res audio support and faster wired charging.

It’s still not certain just when Sony might ship the WF-1000XM4. Changes to FCC filings have suggested an introduction could come as soon as June, but we wouldn’t count on that timing. Either way, the flurry of leaked pictures suggests a debut is coming relatively soon — and it’s good news for anyone who wants more cross-platform alternatives to Apple’s AirPods Pro.