Sony WF-1000XM4 announcement set for June 8 — Watch out, AirPods

Sony WF-1000xM4
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Sony is gearing up for a big announcement for "music lovers" on June 8, with all signs pointing toward the official reveal of its highly-anticipated WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds.

Taking place on Tuesday, June 8 at 12pm ET/ 11am CT / 4pm GMT, Sony's announcement is set to premiere on its YouTube channel (check it out below). Seeing as its tagline states "Truly Silent. Tailored 4 you," we have a slight inkling of what Sony is alluding to. 

Sony's next-gen earbuds are expected to be officially revealed at the event, and possibly releasing this June. The previous WF-1000XM3 earbuds first released in July 2019, giving us reason to believe the WF-1000XM4 cans are on their way.

The Japanese tech giant has yet to officially announce the new earbuds, but there have been numerous leaks showing off what the WF-1000XM4s may look like and their features.

As previously reported, leaked renders of Sony's upcoming earbuds flaunt a new design, with a more compact, circular shape compared to their predecessor. They also appear to come in black and silver models, both with interesting gold highlights.

The WF-1000XM4 earbuds are also expected to feature the same great ANC that made the XM3s so popular. Beyond that, as leaked packaging shows, expect a standard earbud battery life of 6 hours in the buds and 18 hours in the case, alongside Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification. 

Sony's truly wireless earbuds have been long-standing rivals of Apple's AirPods Pro, but with an updated pair of earbuds now in sight, Sony may have the upper hand until the expected arrival of the AirPods Pro 2 in 2022.

In the meantime, we can't wait to get our hands on the new WF-1000XM4 earbuds. Will they make it onto our list of best wireless earbuds? Only time can tell.

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.