Sony’s follow-up to the unusual LinkBuds might be the lightest and smallest active noise cancellation (ANC) earbuds yet. According to WinFuture, the new earbuds, dubbed the LinkBuds S, weigh only 4.8 grams each.
Unlike the LinkBuds from earlier this year, which weighed only 4 gms per bud, the new LinkBuds S have ANC, whereas the LinkBuds do not. Other ANC earbuds, like the AirPods Pro (5.4 g), Beats Studio Buds (5.1 g), and Galaxy Buds Live (5.6 g), are all heavier than the reported LinkBuds S.
In addition to ANC, WinFuture anticipates that the new earbuds will have high-resolution audio, 5mm speakers—which are far smaller than the 12mm drivers found in the current LinkBuds—and a somewhat longer battery life. The LinkBuds S may last up to 20 hours with the charging case or up to six hours without, compared to the current LinkBuds, which last 17.5 hours with the case and 5.5 hours without.
WinFuture anticipates that the speculated earbuds would include Sony’s speak-to-chat mode, a convenient function that automatically pauses audio when you start conversing. In addition, the rumored earbuds may provide adaptive sound control. This function, which is likely the explanation for the conspicuous vents on both the inside and outside of each bud, automatically shifts between ambient sound mode (which allows you to hear the world around you) and noise cancellation depending on your environment.
According to Newsexplorer, the Sony’s rumored earbuds has an IPX4 water-resistant rating, so perspiration and water splashes are not an issue. It will also feature Bluetooth 5.2 and include Adaptive Sound Control for an excellent listening experience that can automatically adjust to the surroundings.
The LinkBuds S will be available for €199 (about $209.85) in black, white, or beige, according to WinFuture.