Sony is struggling to make appealing smartphones in a world dominated by Samsung and Apple, but it is ahead of the curve in other areas. Example: the company has just unveiled the thoroughly leaked WF-1000XM4 genuine wireless earbuds. Their predecessors were among the best earbuds the money could buy, and Sony says the XM4s are even better. Get ready to spend big money. These earbuds will give you $ 279.99 when sold later today.

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7;s personal audio products, the 1000X is first class. The WF-1000XM4 is the true wireless counterpart of the WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones, which was launched last year. The WF-1000XM4 (yes, bad name) promises a full 8 hours of use per charge, plus another 16 hours in the newly designed charging case. It is much smaller and slimmer than the previous version, which was outrageously large compared to the competition.

The buds themselves have also slimmed down. They are still large compared to most real wireless buds, but they are small compared to the XM3s. The WF-1000XM4 also supports LDAC HD audio codec, enhanced DSEE Extreme AI processing and talk-to-chat. The latest feature comes from WH-1000XM4 over-earphones.

Sony’s latest 1000Xs can be purchased today from Best Buy and Amazon. The links can now work right away, but be patient – you will be able to drop almost three Benjamins in a few hours. We also want a review in the not too distant future, so feel free to wait for that before you spend the money.