The as yet unannounced Sony WH-1000XM5 would not get an improved battery life of 40 hours based on an online product packaging. Earlier rumors showed that the headset should last 33 percent longer on a full battery, but Sony would promise the same battery life of 30 hours for the sequel to the popular WH-1000XM4. Meanwhile, Sony’s official website has a teaser image of a headset with the date May 12 (Thursday at 6:00 PM CET).
There is nothing unequivocal on the packaging about the alleged improved active noise cancellation. The new headset would be equipped with improved processors and microphones to better actively filter out ambient noise.
Furthermore, the packaging reveals that the Sony WH-1000XM5 will get a renewed appearance. Sony has made the somewhat bulky headband a bit thinner. The hinge point is also no longer distributed over the entire ear cup, but the headband is attached to the shell at one point. The switch from the third to fourth generation WH-1000XM headset was criticized in 2020, because visually nothing seemed to have changed.
The usually well-informed leaker Jon Prosser reports in a comment on the product packaging that appeared online that Sony will announce the WH-1000XM5 on May 12, which has been virtually confirmed by Sony itself. The headset would be slightly more expensive; $400 compared to $350 for the 4 Series. In the Netherlands, the predecessor came on the market for roughly 380 euros, which is estimated to raise the price of the sequel to around 420 euros.
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Sources: Reddit, via Pocket ribbon
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