Sony is prepping a new pair of earbuds that will carry the LinkBuds name, but unlike the first LinkBuds earbuds announced in Feb. 2022, which have an atypical design, these have a traditional look. Sony seems to be switching to LinkBuds as the brand name for its earbuds, much like Apple uses AirPods for its line of earbuds. This makes sense as its previous naming scheme uses a combination of alphabets and numbers was a mouthful and considered confusing by some folks.

Sony’s audio products are highly sought after for their impressive noise-canceling feature. Its premium headphones, the WH-1000XM4, are among the best noise-canceling headphones on the market and are expected to get a successor soon. Now, it appears it will be arriving alongside a new pair of earbuds too.

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The upcoming earbuds will be available in at least two color options with a dual-tone finish and matching cases, as shown in images shared on Twitter by the leaker that goes by SnoopyTech (@_snoopytech_). The earbuds will reportedly launch as the LinkBuds S (WF-LSN900), and they are shown sporting silicone tips and not the high-end polyurethane foam earbud tips present on the more premium WF-1000XM4 model. The LinkBuds S not only differs from the first LinkBuds based on design alone but also in terms of features.

LinkBuds With Active Noise Cancellation

Sony LinkBuds S will also come in black

Unlike the LinkBuds, which have an open-back design that lets sound in, these have active noise cancellation to keep noise out. However, users will be able to switch to an ambient mode to let environmental sound in. It also appears the adaptive sound mode will be able to automatically switch between modes based on a user’s location based on the info provided by the source. This is a feature available on the WF-1000XM4, which can recognize places frequently visited, such as an office or gym, and automatically switch to a sound mode the user is known to use in said location.

Details such as battery life, driver unit size, IP rating and price are currently unknown, but a few features found on Sony earbuds are expected to make it to the LinkBuds S. Among them is the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) which fine-tunes tracks and tries to restore them to the original recording. It should also have Google Fast Pair for easy pairing with Android devices and Swift Pair for pairing to Windows devices. Sony will also likely make it compatible with not only Android and Windows but also iOS devices.

Although the price is still under wraps, the LinkBuds S should not cost as much as the WF-1000XM4, Sony’s most expensive earbuds, which currently retails for $249 on its website. However, the addition of noise cancellation may see Sony price it a bit higher than the $179 LinkBuds when it launches.