02 Sep 2021 12:11 PM +00:00

Sony WH-1000XM5 Release Date: When Will The XM5 Headphones Launch?

Sony's XM line of headphones are well revered by its users, but when is the WH-1000XM release date?

The XM5 is sure to make it into our list of the best noise-cancelling headphones, given the performance of the XM4. We're hoping the next XM device will equally impress.

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Here's when to expect the XM5 to launch.


Sony WH-1000XM5 Release Date

Sony has yet to confirm the existence of the WH-1000XM5, and there are currently no leaks surrounding the XM5's. This means we cannot put any concrete release date on the headphones.

Instead, we'll have to take a deep dive into the history of the XM range to give a launch prediction.

The XM4 headphones first released in August 2020, while the XM3 released in August 2018. Before then, the original XM headphones and the XM2 released in late-2016 and June 2017, respectively.

While two subsequent August releases are not much of a pattern, this could suggest that the XM5 headphones will also release in August, two years after the XM4. This would put the XM5's release date as August 2022.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Announcement

It's easy to get our hopes up early and suggest Sony could reveal the XM5 headphones at CES 2022 in January. However, this doesn't really line up with past precedent.


Sony announced the XM4 (albeit after significant rumours prior) in August 2020, the month of its release. The XM3 was also announced in August 2018.

This suggests that the wait for the XM5's announcement will be almost as long as the wait for its release.

However, as with many products in 2021 and beyond, ramifications of the pandemic and component shortages could factor into the XM5's announcement and subsequent release.

We'll keep this page updated with any new information we hear on the XM5 headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Price

Sony's XM4 headphones first launched £350/$350 in 2020, which is around the same price as the XM3 headphones. These released at an RRP of £330/$350 in 2018.

Given this, we'd expect the XM5 will also cost around £350/$350 when Sony releases their next pair of headphones.


While this may sound expensive for headphones, Sony's XM series are among the best wireless headphones around, with this price also similar to many of the other high-end headphones, such as those from Sennheiser.

However, various other devices, whether phones, laptops, or tablets, have suffered from component issues and logistical problems over the past year - something Sony is no stranger to with its PS5 stock. If this issue continues to affect the technology sector as we approach 2022, the XM5's pay see a price hike.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Pre-Orders

As Sony has not announced the XM5 yet, we cannot know when exactly pre-orders will go live.

We'd expect this to happen almost immediately after its announcement, with pre-orders for the XM4 first going up on August 6, 2020.

We'd expect major retailers that stock the XM4 headphones - such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Best Buy and Currys - to also carry the XM5 headphones.

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