Sony has announced its new on-ear headphones: the WH-1000XM5. The headphones have a new design, with a thinner headband and without the hinges that allowed the earcups of the previous model (the WH-1000MX4) to fold inwards.
The WH-1000XM5 has a slightly sleeker and smoother design than its predecessor. The new headphones can be used wirelessly and last up to thirty hours on a single battery charge. Previously, there were rumors that Sony would extend the battery life to forty hours.
On the left are buttons for turning the headphones on and off and for turning noise cancellation on and off. This noise reduction has been improved, according to Sony. The device is equipped with eight microphones to pick up ambient noise, which is then filtered out so that the wearer hears silence or at least much less outside noise.
The WH-1000XM5 has the same touch controls as previous Sony headphones. For example, it is again possible to tap on the ear cups to pause the music or let the ambient sound pass when the wearer places their hand on an ear cup.
Sony will launch the new headphones in May. It costs 420 euros. This is about 40 euros more than its predecessor cost when it was released.