Sony has been teasing its fans for an announcement on February 15th. The headline of the teaser is “Always-on sound gateway.” And it could very well be what you have already heard about! A new True Wireless Stereo (TWS) buds!
Reportedly called Sony LinkBuds WF-L900, the TWS from Sony is unique. The new Sony WF-1000XM4 had a unique design, to begin with. But according to the leaks, the highly anticipated TWS will feature a design that many can not put their head around.
The leaks originated from WinFuture. And the leaked images showed us that the new TWS would have a hole in the middle of the speaker. Such a design makes the earpieces look like a ring. While other TWS aims to create a seal to block as much ambient noise as possible, these ring-shaped speakers would do otherwise.
Instead of blocking the ambient noise, the ring-like design will let the outside sound get in. And this unique design would mean that the users will be completely aware of their surroundings. Safety-consciousness seems like the primary focus of these earbuds.
Many are speculating that the doughnut-shaped TWS is for a specific audience for the design. Listening to music while being caught up with the office banters and being completely aware of the traffic around you will surely be possible with these safety-conscious buds. And people are thinking that these are the users Sony is aiming for.
Nonetheless, according to the report of WinFuture, the aim is to make the user feel like their ears are completely open when they are wearing the TWS. For the loudspeaker having an annular shape, the center diaphragm should allow a good amount of ambient noise to get in.
The leak gave us a hefty amount of information when it comes to specs. The ring drive is reportedly 12mm. This doughnut-shape TWS will also boast the same V1 chip present on the award-winning WF-1000XM4. Thanks to the chip, the buds will be capable of providing lots of detail with a considerably low level of distortion.
According to the leak, the Digital Enhancement Engine is onboard as well. That will squeeze every little performance out of the compressed audio file formats and make them sound their level best.
Even though the annular-shaped speakers will let the ambient noise in, you can supposedly activate noise-cancellation during calls. However, there is no solid information on whether the noise-cancellation can be activated when listening to music.
Additionally, the build quality is top-notch too. It will have the same water-resistance level as the XM4, which is at IPX4. Meaning water splashes will not be an issue.
The report tells us that it can offer 12 hours from the carrying case in terms of battery life. However, the actual runtime of the buds is a bit underwhelming. It sits at around five and a half hours. Lastly, Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility comes as standard.
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