News: Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

Lady wears earbuds on the train.
Next gen wireless headphones, the WF-1000XM3 Earbuds // Image Sony.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

Sony is hoping to build on the huge success of its market-leading WH-1000XM3 headphones with the new WF-1000XM3 earbuds.

I’ll be the first to admit I have had a tough time accepting any noise cancelling earbuds, mainly due to the fact over-ear headphones provide a much better experience when travelling.

But could this new offering from Sony change my view?

Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds finished in Siler stored in charging case.
Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds in Silver & Charging Case // Image Sony.


“True Wireless Freedom” is what Sony claim they are offering with these new ear buds and with no wires in sight and the potential to run for up to 24 hours they could be telling the truth.

Inside each unit is a small 6mm driver unit, which Sony promise will deliver a more expansive listening experience. To help this small driver, they have paired up Dual Noise Sensors and a new QN1e Noise Cancelling chip. The later is an upgrade to the NC chip in the WH-1000XM3s.

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Thanks to Dual Noise Sensor Technology, one feed-forward microphone and one feedback microphone on the surface of the headphones catch more of the ambient sound around you.

Having caught the ambient sound, the dedicated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e gets to work.
~ Sony

Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds finsihed in black on table with case and coffee cup.
Beautifully crafted Charging case & buds // Image Sony.

My biggest concern around all earbuds is comfort in the ear and the fact I think they’ll always be falling out.

Sony claims to have this covered with what they describe as the Tri-Hold Structure!

The Perfect Fit

Each earbud has been ergonomically designed to make contact with, and rest against, three different points around your ear to stabilize them when you are on the move.

Then the piece that sits inside your ear has a high friction rubber coating to ensure they don’t fall out.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds in silver, reverse angle showing ear canal fitting.
Ergonomically designed for comfort and a good fit // Image Sony.

Learning how to control the Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds could take some time. With a touch-sensitive surface on each side, playback is controlled by different gestures on either side.

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If the default settings don’t work for you, then download the Sony | Headphones Connect app for either your Android or Apple device. Here you can reconfigure the touch controls to suit your own needs.

A Full Day of Noise Cancelling

Sony boasts the WF-1000XM3 earbuds can deliver up to 24 hours of Playback with Noise Cancelling on! In reality, to achieve this, the earbuds will need three trips to the rather smooth looking wireless charging case that they ship with.

This assumes you start your trip with a fully charged case and earbuds. If you choose to leave Noise Cancelling off the Sony buds can deliver up to 32 hours of playback.

Man wearing them walking down the street.
A comfortable & secure fit // Image Sony.

The built-in microphones can also be used for hands-free phone calls and to interact with Google Assistant if needed.


It’s the design of these Earbuds that has caught my attention the most. They look like they could have the right balance of size and performance. Many look way too big or too small and potentially weak on playback.

  • Weight – 8.5g each bud
  • Colour Options – Black or Silver
  • NFC & Bluetooth Connectivity with up to 30 ft range for BT
  • Bud Battery Life – Up To 6 Hours with Noise Cancelling On
  • Carry Case Battery Life – Up To 18 Hours with Noise Cancelling On
  • Full Charge Time of 1.5 Hours
  • Case Charge Time of 3.5 hours
  • 6mm Dome Type Driver Unit
How Much do the Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds Cost?

The new Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds will be £220/€250 when they go on sale during August 2019 direct from Sony.

Amazon users can pre-order the WF-1000XM3 buds from their local store at the same price of £220/€250 where the online retailer is stating an 8th August release date.

// Media Sony YouTube Channel.
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  1. These seem ill-conceived for flights. You need earbuds when trying to sleep on overnight flights as headphones are too bulky. However, first, 6 hours of operation is inadequate for 10+ hour flights. Second, if the device falls out of your ear when you are asleep (or, more likely, tossing and turning), you’ll lose it. The Bose ones with wires seem so much better.

  2. An interesting design. I hadn’t realised Sony were attempting wireless ear buds. Since Apple’s foray into this arena, I think they’ve changed they playing field for what headphones can be like. I’m still not hugely convinced I’d want these though as I’d be too concerned of them falling out and being damaged or lost, especially considering the price. x

    • I’ve shared the same concern but you would be amazed how well most brands now fit.

      But you are right about the price.

      At these figures, a good set is a real investment for many and you’d want to be sure you get the best suited to your ear shape.

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