Sony WH-1000XM4: Sony Brazil teases upcoming premium ANC headphones
The release of the Sony WH-1000XM4 has become rather protracted. First seen in December 2019 at the FCC, details about the headphones steadily appeared until April when Best Buy published its WH-1000XM4 product page. Then Dell Canada and Walmart published their listings for the headphones before a popular Vietnamese YouTuber posted a review of the successor to the WH-1000XM3. The confidentiality agreement between the FCC and Sony has expired too, resulting in the regulatory body publishing test photos and the manual of the WH-1000XM4.
The volume of leaks that appeared last month suggested that Sony was on the verge of releasing the headphones, but nothing came to pass. Now, it seems that Sony Brazil has teased the WH-1000XM4 on its Instagram channel. Brought to our attention by @chamavito on Twitter via The Walkman Blog, Sony Brazil posted a photo of some poorly lit headphones with a caption that roughly translates to "the future of audio is here".
The visual differences between the WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM4 have already been outlined, so there are a few signs that Sony Brazil posted a picture of the latter rather than the former. On the one hand, the black edition of the WH-1000XM3 has a grey NFC logo. However, the image presented by Sony Brazil has a black NFC logo, which matches the design of the WH-1000XM4. On the other hand, the plastic element between the headband and the arms of the earcup is different from the one on the WH-1000XM3. As a photo produced by The Walkman Blog below demonstrates, the device shown by Sony Brazil has a matte black plastic element, matching the design of the WH-1000XM4 seen in other marketing renders.
Sony Brazil has not teased a release date for "the future of audio". Hence, it remains unclear when Sony will announce the WH-1000XM4. However, this is the first time that we have seen Sony teasing the WH-1000XM4, so a release must be close. Sony is unlikely to confirm anything before it announces the headphones, though.