Leaked Sony WF-1000XM5 images show a more compact design

The best true wireless earbuds are due an update, and a more compact design would be a welcome change

Sony WF-1000XM4 review
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The Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds have topped our guide to the best true wireless earbuds since they were released. They won over our reviewer thanks to their thoroughly excellent sound quality and fantastic app, which allows you a range of added control.

Based on Sony's usual release schedule, an update is due in the near future – and we may have just caught a glimpse of them. The impending headphones were certified by the FCC recently, suggesting that a release could be coming shortly.

That certification also showed off images of the device. As reported by GSMArena, the images appear to show a smaller earbud than the previous generation. That's always a welcome upgrade, and while we didn't note the size of the XM4's to be an issue, some users have reported struggling with their size.

The case is rated for 5V 230mAh which is a step up from the XM4's. That should make for better battery life and, hopefully, we'll also see faster charging times. They weren't too bad before, but faster is almost always better when it comes to charging – particularly today, when phones can achieve a full 0-100 charge in just minutes. The buds also switch from a three-pin charging point to a dual-pin charging point.

Elsewhere, the status indicator LED has moved from the inside of the case to the front panel. It's a small change, but hey, it might make it one-step simpler to get your hands – or, indeed, eyes – on the information you need.

Personally, I think that this sounds like a welcome upgrade for users. When the formula is already this good, you don't need to mess with too much. Slimming down the case size and boosting the charging speed will satisfy users who want the latest and best on offer, without alienating those who have been a fan of the range for a while.

There's no concrete information on when the new model is likely to be released. However, the appearance of an official certification is a good sign that we aren't far away. 

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.