Sony takes on the expected AirPods 3 with new wireless buds

Apple is widely expected to announce a new set of truly wireless buds to supplement the current upgraded AirPods model. A number of AirPods parts for the current edition have been contracted for production well into 2020, say analysts, suggesting that Apple doesn't plan to replace its spring chicken with the eventual AirPods (2/3?) which it is expected to announce in the fall with a number of new features. 

Thus, the current AirPods with wireless charging, always-on Siri, and H1 processor, may be sold alongside the fall model that is rumored to be water-resistant and with noise-cancelling features. That could only mean one thing - higher price for the AirPods 3 model which may sport a different design given that its main added value is expected to be the noise cancellation feature.

They could sit above the current AirPods + Wireless Charging Case = $199 bundle, and yet shouldn't warrant pricing above the $250 that Apple wants for its new PowerBeats Pro true wireless pair and their whopping 9 hours of listening time. Enter Sony and its truly wireless buds variation of the critically acclaimed WF-1000XM3 cans.

Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless buds noise-cancellation feature

The new Sony buds come with a $230 price tag, or as much as the AirPods 3 are likely to cost, and introduce Apple's eventual new noise-canceling feature planned for the AirPods 2/3 here and now. In fact, Sony claims that these are the best noise-isolating buds currently on the market, as of June 2019, and explains why. First off, the new WF-1000XM3 buds come each with a microphone that sends the ambient sounds to Sony's new QN1e noise-cancelling chip, which filters out the background fluff.

Next is the design of Sony's new wireless buds, as they fit in a way that largely blocks ambient sounds in the first place, aided by the specialized rubber coating. If you want to hear the noise around you, the buds borrow the best features from their canned brethren, Sony’s Quick Attention gesture where you tap on the left touch pad to lower the volume for a second and hear what's happening around you.

In addition, when used in conjunction with Sony's Connect app that offers Adaptive Sound Control, the smart function can automatically detect if you are on the move, running, walking, or simply chilling somewhere, and then adjusts ambient sound settings to suit the situation. You can manually customize those settings as well, and a proximity sensor tells Sony if you are wearing just one of the buds so that it can adjust the sound towards voice calls, for instance. Needless to say, the buds also work with Google Assistant and have handy touch control pads on them, as any self-respecting wireless earphone should do this day and age.

Sony WF-1000XM3 buds battery life and connectivity

The fresh Sony earphones are rated for 6 hours of playback on a charge, or exactly as the AirPods, and come with their own charging case that can top them off three times, for a full day of listening. Needless to say, there is also a quick charge function with 90 minutes of listening available for 10 minutes spent in the case, neat. As if borrowed directly from the AirPods again, the connectivity improvements consist of a a dedicated chip to connect each bid directly to your audio device, minimizing pairing and dropped connectivity issues.

Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earphones price and release date

The Sony WF-1000XM3 will be launched a bit later this month in two color options - black and platinum silver - and they are priced at $230 which, again, is as much as the AirPods 2/3, or whatever Apple names them, are expected to cost. Sony, however, will have about two months head start on Apple's upcoming AirPods that are slated for a September release alongside the new iPhones 2019.



1. nikhil23

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Why are we comparing a announced and soon to be released product to something that might be announced a year later ?

4. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

because they're advertising apple

7. nikhil23

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

This is really retarded. 70% of article is about Apple and it's un announced product. They even made it sound like Sony is trying to copy Apple product from future

15. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's like what they're doing with the Pixel 4. Every article implies that Google copied the design of the iPhone 11.

10. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Article about sony earphones. 6 times the word "Apple" is mentioned. 13 times the word "Airpods" is mentioned. Reason why i avoid PA more and more.

34. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

They have to earn their paycheck and that means keeping people like us coming to their website.

2. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

So So many in ear canal designs, no thanks. prefer the Air pod & pixel buds design. Lack of choice

8. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

If you want to look like a douche wearing earbuds that look like someone sneaked behind you and cut off the cables, feel free. These are infinitely more elegant than the horrible AirPods.

22. matistight

Posts: 1029; Member since: May 13, 2009

Oh nice, so you like $20 headphones without cables that cost $160. Also, you don't care about music at all

3. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Give a free ad to unannounced Apple product in a newly announced product from another OEM...Nothing new here

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

These seem like just what I'm looking for. They actually get 8hrs of battery life with anc off and 6hrs with it on.

6. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Surely Sony are trying to take on Galaxy buds rather than Airpods. Please leave headphone reviews to Flossy Carter. Airpod sound quality, noise cancellation and touch controls are awful, plus you look like a douche wearing them. They don't even stay in your ear.

19. oldskool50 unregistered

Airpods don't have noise cancelling. It's impossible to have when they don't close off the ear canal.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Let me write an article about a new Sony product, but, first of all, I must dedicate the first couple of paragraphs to a rumored, scratch that, expected future Apple product. Phonearena is becoming downright garbage.

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

In contrast; see Gsmarena's article on the same product: Not even a single reference to Apple. None!

16. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Professionals vs amateurs.

24. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Thank you for the link. The article was much more useful than that advertising crap.

32. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

wow.. speaks volumes right here

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4331; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Pointless fluff piece comparing a real product to assumptions and hopes is hilarious. Nice work PA. Why not compare to products that exist?

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4331; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's hilarious that 9to5Mac has a more balanced article than PA where they say the new Sony buds drive Apple to improve from a competitive aspect.

14. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Honestly every time I am like I am not going back to phonearea but then I go back for very few people in the comments section. However this site has been pure garbage recently. The majority of your articles are clickbaits that don’t help anyone including your own reputation. There are couple of good writers here which I hope they find somewhere better to work at. But the majority of the writers including Alan and Daniel are nothing but clickbait headlines and zero content!

20. srgonu

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I don't see unbiased articles anymore here. Already visiting PA once in a week instead of follow it every day. Androidpolice and 9t05mac are better choices.

17. Vyshak75

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Even the heading doesn't have sony's earbud name. But has airpod 3.

18. oldskool50 unregistered

The Icon X has very good noise cancelling and it tracks your steps or running. It has the advantage of being able to store your music, so you don't even need a phone. And they are half the price now, so I will stick with those. These look cool kinda. Sony use to be good with sound quality in their headphones. Maybe I will try them.

21. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

The fact that Sony named these WF-1000XM3 just tells me that these might not be that great. You don't make the best product out there and then put zero marketing behind it by naming it WF-1000XM3.

31. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

To me the name says allot. Don't think they'd put that name on a bad product as the wh1000xm3 are the nc headphones to beat at the moment.

23. Icent55

Posts: 81; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

What is wrong with this guys at phoneArena, why can you give concrete info. For once. The sony WF1000m3 lasts 6hours with ANC on and 8 hours with ANC off. And apple airpods lasts for 5 not 6 hours only the galaxy buds does for 6h

25. wickedwilly

Posts: 747; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It seems like once again PA wants us to believe someone is copying Apple. Strange because Sony was one of the first to come out with good Bluetooth wireless earphones. I had a few pairs that were around well before Apple followed and they are still better in many ways the current Airpods. I could swim in them, they were not reliant on a phone and sounded better.

26. Tizo101

Posts: 603; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Pure garbage lol

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Introducing the Sony WF-1000XM3: Apple apple apple apple, did you know Apple make Airpods? Well a new Airpod is coming.......oh yeah and the Sony's available now. - Thanks PA

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