Sunday, 26 July 2020

Sony WH-1000XM4 teased by Sony Brazil? (update 2)

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony Brazil had an interesting story up on their Instagram page. It featured a set of headphones with the phrase "O futuro do audio está aquí!", which translates to "the future of audio is here". The photo is quite dark, so it is hard to see any details of the headphones but with such a tag line, one would expect this is the WH-1000XM4. Unfortunately Sony Brazil has removed the photo.

Update #2:

Alza had the WH-1000XM4 listed on their Austrian and Hungarian sites. Unfortunately they were removed, but Google cache has them still up. Pricing in Austria according to the site is 399,90 Euros and in Hungary, 146,990 Hungarian Forints or 423 Euros. Czech Alza site also had them up, 10,599 Czech Koruna or 403 Euros.




Update: Rumours are Apple will launch their Airpods Studio on August 18th, so perhaps Sony will reveal their headphones around that time as well. Reports are August 6th for a date of release/introduction.

Thankfully a screenshot was taken by twitter user chamavito, so do check out his twitter for the larger size on there and give his tweet a like.

So are we looking at the WH-1000M4? I think so. In the comparison photo (below), 2 parts which can be seen clearly help connect these headphones to the WH-1000XM4. The WH-1000XM4 has a thicker plastic piece on the side versus the WH-1000XM3, something which is present on the Sony Brazil photo. Second the plastic where the WH-1000XM4 logo is present is dark and matte on the WH-1000XM4, whereas the WH-1000XM3 is more silverish/gunmetal. Finally, the NFC logo is dark (engraved) and not white/matte like on the WH-1000XM3.

Sony WH-1000XM4
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Unfortunately the hinge cannot be seen which would give it away immediately, so clever move by Sony to darken that part of the headphones.

So it looks like the WH-1000XM4 might be coming soon, maybe even this week, but it could also be another mishap where a Sony employee posted something too early yet again. So as with previous leaks, hold on to your butts.

Source: 1, 2, 3


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  2. It’s unlikely that they will come out until September. Sony just upped the price of the previous model back to their normal cost.

    1. It depends. Many sites say that the xm4 price will be higher than what was previously posted. That will make sense because the WH1000XM3 is $349, the MDR-1AM2, WH-H910N, WH-H900N and WH-L600 are $299.99 each. So if Sony release the WH1000XM4 at $349.99, then Sony will have to either stop the production of the XM3s or reduce the price of the 5 products that I cited above because nobody will buy a $299.99 product when they can get a better product(WH1000XM3) at $278.99. On one hand, the XM3 is such a good product that I don't think Sony will discontinue it now. So the 2nd option seems better for Sony: raise the price of the WH1000XM4 at launch to $494.99 like some Vietnamese website said(The website said that the XM4 will cost $35 more than the current XM3 which is $349) that way, Sony won't have to reduce the price of all the old products still in the market. To summarize, Sony bringing the price of the xm3 back to their normal cost doesn't mean that there can't be any release of the xm4 before September.