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Sony WF-1000XM5 charging spec leaked ahead of launch

A WF-1000MX5 charging case? (Source: Sony)
A WF-1000MX5 charging case? (Source: Sony)
Sony is now once again tipped to launch new flagship TWS earbuds soon. The alleged WF-1000XM4 successors have popped up as a recent addition to an independent testing database. The new leak mostly purports to offer an insight into the buds' case, its properties and potential changes compared to the previous generation (or lack thereof, as it may be) ahead of their launch.

Signs of a new addition to the top-end Sony WF-1000XMn series of true wireless (or TWS) earbuds have circulated since early 2023, which may mean they are destined for a launch before the end of the year. Now, the putative XM5s may have cleared another hurdle between them and this event, by registering with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

The earbuds are thought to improve on their WF-1000XM4 predecessors in terms of wireless tech as well as actual audio-related specs - however, according to their latest leak, they may ship with a charging case all but unchanged compared to that of the previous generation.

The new WPC certification is for a "wireless stereo headset" with the model number YY2963 - however, a corresponding image shows a case that could indeed nearly be for the WF-1000XM4s. It is certified to act as a "Power Class 0 Receiver" with a maximal input of just 2 watts (W).

Accordingly, this new leak suggests that, while the XM4's successors will still have Qi wireless charging, the spec may not have gotten any faster generation to generation. Then again, Sony fans may still be able to use their current power accessories should they decide to upgrade to the new XM5s any time soon.

Buy some XM4s instead on Amazon.

Sony registers new TWS earbuds ahead of their release. (Source: Wireless Power Consortium via MySmartPrice)
Sony registers new TWS earbuds ahead of their release. (Source: Wireless Power Consortium via MySmartPrice)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-06-18 (Update: 2023-06-18)