The full-size Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are some of the best in their class. They offer excellent sound quality along with a cool noise cancelling system that allows you to cut off most of the external sounds and enjoy your favorite tracks. The fourth generation was released in 2020, so the Japanese company is already preparing a successor, which will be named WH-1000XM5.

German resource TechnikNews published probable images of the novelty, as well as some of its technical characteristics. As you can see, the headphones will get an updated design. Fans should like this change, because there was almost no visual difference between the third and fourth generations.

The design of the WH-1000XM5 looks more elegant and minimalist, in particular due to thinner headband. The mechanism for attaching the earcups has also changed, which has become much more compact. Headphones are available in two common colors: black and beige. The set will include a case for transportation.

In terms of specifications, improved autonomy of up to 40 hours with active noise cancelling system (10 hours longer than the WH-1000XM4) has been reported. The full charge cycle via the USB-C port will take 3.5 hours, which is half an hour longer than its predecessor. Two processors will now be responsible for the ANC system. The sound production system will also receive a new driver. Three microphones will help the noise cancelling system, as well as transmit your voice during calls. You can connect the headphones to the audio source using a Bluetooth 5.2 or 3.5 mm audio jack.

There is no information about the estimated cost of the Sony WH-1000XM5 yet. The fourth-generation model was priced at $350 at the start of sales.