The AirPods just got new competition in Sony's WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds

Sony wireless earbuds
Sony wireless earbuds (Image credit: Android Central)

Sony's highly-regarded WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones (opens in new tab) feature industry-leading noise cancelling technology that's about to be taken to the next level. Though they were released only less than a year ago, a new model has just been announced that takes many of the great features of the XM3 over-ear headphones and packs them inside truly wireless earbuds — the WF-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Earbuds (opens in new tab).

With 24-bit audio signal processing for dramatically improved sound quality and an HD Noise Cancelling Processor, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds are set to live up to their predecessor's legacy. Each earbud is equipped with a pair of microphones that work in real-time to feed external sound to the QN1e processor and block out background noise. There are also modes you can set using the Sony | Headphones Connect app which can adjust the amount of ambient noise heard at any given time.

Similar to the Apple AirPods (opens in new tab), the WF-1000XM3s utilize a dedicated chip which connects both earbuds simultaneously to the device currently in use with increased stability. Many wireless earbuds require you to pair one earbud to the other and can be somewhat clunky to set up, but the WF-1000XM3 earbuds relieve listeners of the hassle. They also come with a charging case that can keep them powered for up to 24 hours of listening time before needing to be recharged; on their own, the earbuds can last for around six hours.

If you're ready to try out this latest addition to Sony's lineup of wireless noise cancelling headphones, you can pre-order them now via Amazon (opens in new tab) at their regular price of $229.99 in your choice of black or silver. Orders are set to begin shipping next month on August 5.

Alex is a graduate from the University of North Florida with a background in sales and merchandising. When he’s not hunting down the next great deals to post on Thrifter, he can be found making music and working on his eBay business.
  • I want to want these, but $230 and no IP rating? I'm assuming it's the noise cancelling holes to blame, but come on. You really should be able to go for a run in these things at that price.
  • The Nokia True Earbuds are better than these...
  • Yeah...doubtful...don’t see these comparing favorably at all...
  • Sure thing man...
  • I'm curious as to what evidence you are basing that claim on, seeing as the Sony's aren't on sale for another month.
    Or are you just crying out for attention?
    Or just bashing Sony for no reason?
  • Not sweat or splash proof for example, awkward design, overly large and clunky charge/storage box, features that can be found in other wireless earbuds for half the price... Aha...yeah, it's attention I'm craving from people just like you...and yes I'm attacking Sony...because you know I hate them, what with over half electrical devices I have being Sony...clearly...I can't stand them... Sigh...😕
  • You sounds like a clown.
  • Whatever you say there sparky...🤣
  • Those things look ugly.