Sony’s leaked LinkBuds successor could fix its predecessor’s biggest issue

Sony may be about to unveil a slightly polished version of its new LinkBuds True Wireless headphones, if some new images leaked on Twitter are to be believed.

Images that appeared from the weakest account Snoopy Tech on Twitter April 21 reportedly unveiled a new version of the Sony LinkBuds, codenamed Sony LinkBuds S. Looking at the pictures, the new true wireless model replaces the hole in the center of the headphones with a round vent near the ear canal that can allow sound to to cross.

Overall, they’re very similar to Sony’s other true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM4, but might allow for better environmental awareness through the vent – staying true to Sony’s LinkBuds philosophy – without use an open hole that cannot be covered.

This, in many ways, could solve some of the LinkBuds’ biggest problems.

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When they were released a few months ago, Sony’s LinkBuds were divisive in the audio world. Some saw real potential in the open-ear design that let you keep tabs on what’s going on around you, especially if you’re working from home with young children. While others felt they were a bit clunky and lacked bass.

Using a vent instead of an open hole would allow the LinkBuds to close the vent when you don’t need ambient awareness – increasing bass response in the process – and unplug the vent when you want to let the outside world in.

Because they share a similar design to the Sony WF-1000XM4, they’re bound to be a bit more comfortable than the LinkBuds and they’ll stay in the ears a bit better for some people, too.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on price or release date for these models – we’re still waiting for Sony to publicly confirm or deny their existence – but May and June are usually when Sony talks about its upcoming audio products. .

Hopefully the LinkBuds S will be one of them.

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