Sony may soon release the WH-1000XM4 headphones in a new white color

Sony may soon release the WH-1000XM4 headphones in a new white color

Sony could also be working on improvements to sound quality

Sony has produced some of the best noise-canceling headphones in the industry. The company released the WH-1000XM4 headphones last year as a new premium ANC option, and now there could be a new color and more audio features on the way.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is currently available in three colors: Black, Blue, and Silver. The Silver option is already closer to beige than silver, but now a true white option could arrive soon. As first spotted by user @justplayinghard on Twitter, a new string added in version 7.5 of the Sony Headphones Connect app mentions a new white color of the headphones. The other colors were already present in the same code.

<string name="modelimage_wh1000xm4_white">a_device_image_wh_1000xm4_white</string>
<string name="modelimage_wh1000xm4">a_device_image_wh_1000xm4_black</string>
<string name="modelimage_wh1000xm4_black">a_device_image_wh_1000xm4_black</string>
<string name="modelimage_wh1000xm4_blue">a_device_image_wh_1000xm4_blue</string>
<string name="modelimage_wh1000xm4_silver">a_device_image_wh_1000xm4_silver</string>

The APK file also contains an image of the white style, seen below. Just like the other models, the Sony logo and USB Type-C port have a gold-colored finish.

Interestingly, the app’s code also reveals that new audio features are under development for the Sony WH-1000XM4. Some text strings mention an option that will “optimize” your smartphone using ear analysis results, so stereo tracks sound more immersive.

<string name="IASetup_Phone_Optimize_Detail">"By optimizing your smartphone using ear analysis results, you can enjoy music you regularly listen to in an optimized sound field. Optimize your smartphone?"</string>
<string name="IASetup_Phone_Optimize_Label">Optimize your smartphone</string> <string name="IASetup_Phone_Status_Done">Optimized</string>
<string name="IASetup_Phone_Status_NotOptimized">Your smartphone is not optimized yet</string>
<string name="IASetup_Phone_Welcome_Detail">"Enjoy the following music played on your headphones with spatial and immersive sound on your smartphone. - Stereo tracks (music you regularly listen to) - Content supported by 360 Reality Audio Optimize your smartphone and 360 Reality Audio supported music service app."</string>

Sony already has its own 360 Reality Audio technology for immersive music, and this feature could bring a similar experience to non-360 music. It remains to be seen how convincing the music upscaling will be, but with how great the WH-1000XM4 headphones already are, it’s great that Sony isn’t resting on its laurels.

Sony | Headphones Connect
Sony | Headphones Connect

Featured image: the Sony WH-1000XM4 in Silver

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Corbin Davenport
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Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.