Walmart leaks the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones and confirms its new features
We already know that Sony is prepping up to launch the successor to its highly acclaimed WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones. The upcoming headphones have previously been spotted in leaked live images shared by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, and we’ve also got a good look at all the new features that Sony will be introducing with the headphones thanks to an APK teardown of the Sony Headphones Connect app. While the company is yet to announce a launch date for the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, Walmart has now listed the headphones on its website.
According to a recent report from TheWalkmanBlog, the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM4 has been listed on Walmart’s website at a price of $348. Even though the listing doesn’t include an image of the headphones, the about section lists down all of its features, thereby confirming some of the information we gathered in our APK teardown. Here are all the features and benefits mentioned in the Walmart listing:
- Industry-leading digital noise cancellation
Industry-leading noise cancellation technology means you hear every word, note, and tune with incredible clarity, no matter your environment. Additional microphones also assist in isolating sound while talking on the phone, resulting in improved phone call quality and the reduction of even more high and mid frequency sounds.
- Ambient sound control
Adjust ambient sound with the Sony Headphones Connect app to cancel noise while still allowing through essential sounds, like transport announcements, when you’re listening on the move.
- Proprietary technology for premium sound
LDAC transmits approximately three times more data (at the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps) than conventional Bluetooth audio, allowing you to enjoy high-resolution audio content in exceptional quality, as close as possible to that of a dedicated wired connection. Powered by DSEE Extreme technology, the 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio Compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.
- Real-time restoration of all your compressed files
Using Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence) co-developed with Sony Music Entertainment, DSEE Extreme (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales compressed digital music files in real time. Dynamically recognizing instrumentation, musical genres, and individual elements of each song, such as vocals or interludes, it restores the high-range sound lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience.
- All-day power with quick charging
The WH-1000XM4 headphones are made to last all day and then some, whether you’re focused on your work or flying around the globe. Up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge keeps you listening instead of charging. Low on battery? No problem – 10 minutes of charge time gives you an amazing up to 5 hours of playback.
- Touch control
Change the track, turn the volume up or down, activate your phone’s voice assistant, and take or make calls by tapping or swiping the panel with your fingertip.
- Clear hands-free calling
Conversation flows freely with easy, hands-free calling. Leave your phone where it is, just speak with a double tap. Thanks to Precise Voice Pickup Technology, which combines five built-in microphones with advanced audio signal processing, WH-1000XM4 delivers clearer voice quality to the other person on the phone. Precise voice pickup technology implemented in WH-1000XM4 optimally controls the five microphones built into the headphones and performs advanced audio signal processing to pick up your voice clearly and precisely for hands-free calls.
- Multipoint connection
For total convenience, the WH-1000XM4 headphones can be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. So, when a call comes in, your headphones know which device is ringing and will automatically connect to the right one. You’ll also be able to quickly and smoothly switch your headphones to either of the two devices at the touch of a button.
- Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts to your location and behavior
Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that can learn to recognize locations you frequently visit, such as your workplace or favorite cafe, and tailor sound for the ideal listening experience. In addition, it automatically detects what you’re up to – for example, walking, waiting, or traveling – then adjusts ambient sound settings to best suit the situation.
- Wearing comfort
WH-1000XM4 headphones blend sophisticated styling with exceptional comfort. Super-soft, pressure-relieving earpads in foamed urethane evenly distribute pressure and increase ear/pad contact for a stable fit. And with a lighter- weight design, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing them.
What the Walmart listing doesn’t mention, however, is the new Smart Talking/Speak-to-chat feature that we spotted in our APK teardown. The feature is expected to allow the Sony WH-1000XM4 to automatically enable ambient sound when voice is detected. So if you’re trying to talk to someone, the headphones will let ambient sound come through and let you continue your conversation without any efforts on your part. After a user-defined time (Fast, Mid, Slow, or None), noise cancellation will return back to the original setting. The headphones will also let you adjust the voice detection sensitivity to prevent it from activating too often.
Sony is yet to reveal any official information about the upcoming WH-1000XM4 headphones. However, since the headphones have now appeared on Walmart, we expect the company to make them official in the coming days. It’s also worth noting that Walmart has still not taken down the listing and the headphones are currently listed as ‘Out of Stock’.