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Sony WH-1000XM4: Amazon France & MediaMarkt listings drop early for new premium ANC headphones as review appears online ahead of release

The Sony WH-1000XM4 will be available in two colours. (Image source: Sony via Best Buy)
The Sony WH-1000XM4 will be available in two colours. (Image source: Sony via Best Buy)
The release of the WH-1000XM4 is almost upon us, at least according to the publication of more retailer listings and even a video review. Sony appears to have made some minor changes from the headphones that it released two years ago, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Call quality apparently remains unchanged, though.

Sony has been teasing the WH-1000XM4 for a few weeks now, and is expected to announce its follow up to the WH-1000XM3 later today. You can watch the "Sony Announcement for Music Lovers 2020" via the accompanying hyperlink, which commences at 11:00 EDT. Sony has not explicitly stated plans to announce the WH-1000XM4 today, but Amazon France and MediaMarkt Belgium have effectively confirmed that to be the case.

Initially reported on the r/SonyHeadphones subreddit, Amazon France briefly listed the WH-1000XM4 for €380.00, which is slightly cheaper than a rumour suggested. The listing has since been taken down, but The Walkman Blog grabbed a screenshot which we have included below. MediaMarkt Belgium got caught running a banner advert for the WH-1000XM4 too, but this directed to an inactive webpage.

Additionally, Digital Trends posted its review of the WH-1000XM4 before Sony's official unveiling. The website has hidden the video for the time being, but it has been re-posted elsewhere. As predicted, the WH-1000XM4 has an IR "wear sensor" for detecting if you are wearing the headphones. This sits within the left earcup. The WH-1000XM4 supports multipoint connectivity too. Battery life remains the same, although Digital Trends claims that Sony has improved high-frequency noise-cancellation. Call quality is unchanged, which is surprising.

Buy Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones now on Amazon

(Image source: The Walkman Blog)
(Image source: The Walkman Blog)
(Image source: r/SonyHeadphones)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-08- 6 (Update: 2020-08- 8)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.