Sony LinkBuds S: #NeverOff hardware launch event confirmed as European pricing, specifications and entire colour options surface
Roland Quandt and WinFuture have provided more specifications for the LinkBuds S, Sony's next pair of mid-range earbuds. Building on the LinkBuds brand that Sony introduced in February, the LinkBuds S will be available in three colours. Previously, the earbuds had been shown in two colours, discussed separately.
According to Quandt and WinFuture, each earbud will weigh 4.8 g, 0.7 g heavier than each Linkbud earbud. Supposedly, the LinkBuds S will deliver up to 20 hours of battery life, presumably factoring in its bundled charging case rather than a reflection of how long they will last between charges. For reference, Sony quotes the LinkBuds as lasting up to 17:30 hours with the charging case included. Based on the LinkBuds' battery life claims, we would expect the LinkBuds S to achieve at least 6 hours between charges, if not slightly longer.
Moreover, Quandt and WinFuture allege that Sony will market the LinkBuds S as the smallest and lightest earbuds to support active noise cancellation (ANC) and High-Res Audio. In support of the latter, Sony will equip the LinkBuds S with 5 mm drivers, along with Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and Adaptive Sound Control functionality. Apparently, the LinkBuds S will borrow features from the WF-1000XM4 too, such as Sony's speak-to-chat technology.
Sony is expected to unveil the LinkBuds S for US$199.99 in the US and €199 in the Eurozone. Incidentally, Sony has announced another hardware launch event, building on last week's WH-1000XM5 announcement. As expected, Sony has scheduled the event for May 18, which will commence at 16:00 UTC.