The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wi-fi Headphones have been our prime choose for one of the best headphones since their launch in August 2018 – and now an FCC submitting suggests {that a} new pair of Sony noise-canceling headphones are on the horizon. 

Noticed by The Verge, an FCC filing for the Wi-fi Noise Canceling Stereo Headset WH-1000XM4 was submitted by Sony Company on December 15, which suggests {that a} successor to the extremely profitable wi-fi headphones might be introduced quickly.

Whereas the FCC submitting provides no indication of a launch date, the Sony WH-1000XM4 might be introduced at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. 

The world’s biggest tech show runs from Tuesday January 7 through Friday, January 10, and promises lots of product launches and announcements from big players like Sony. 

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What to expect from the Sony WH-1000XM4

Aside from the name of the new headphones, the FCC filing doesn’t reveal much about the new headphones – but we can hazard a few guesses as to the new features that could be on offer. 

Although the Sony WH-1000XM3 successfully fought off competition from Bose in 2019, Sony could take a leaf from its competitor’s book and apply noise-cancelation to phone calls as well as music, just like the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. 

This could address the mediocre call quality we discovered in our Sony WH-1000XM3 review. 

We could also see improved audio quality; while the XM3s sounded undoubtedly brilliant, it’s been sixteen months since they were launched – and audio technology is improving all the time. 

Sony could achieve this by including support for Qualcomm’s latest Bluetooth codec, aptX Adaptive, which delivers lower latency, higher resolution wireless audio than its predecessors. 

It may be time for a change in terms of design, too; Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019) are so striking, Sony’s headphones look a little… drab in comparison. 

Saying that, the WH-1000XM3 were the best headphones of 2018 and 2019 for a reason, and if Sony can build on the success of its flagship cans, the rumored Sony WH-1000XM4 could well be the best headphones of 2020.

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