Another improvement Sony is reportedly bringing to its next flagship earbuds is the addition of water resistance, which the WF-1000XM4 given an IPX4 rating. It’s not quite as protective as the IPX7 on the Galaxy Buds, but it should protect them from splashes and rain.
On the audio front, the earbuds are rumored to come equipped with a new Sony V1 chip to improve the quality and performance of ANC. The WF-1000XM4 will also come with Precise Voice Pickup, a feature borrowed from the on-ear Sony WH-1000XM4 that combines multiple microphones for clearer voice calls. LDAC and Hi-Res Audio support are also included.
No release date has been provided, but WinFuture states that the Sony WF-1000XM4 will launch “soon” and retail for €280, which is a bit higher than the €250 launch price of their predecessor. However, given the smaller size and improved battery life, these tiny earbuds could be worth the splurge.