At this year’s European consumer electronics show (IFA) in Berlin, Sony unveiled its first truly wireless earbuds: the WF-1000X. Sony will now officially join an increasingly competitive hearable segment that continues to be dominated by Apple.

Sony’s new devices offer many of the same features of its competitors, such as the ability to adjust playback of music, take phone calls and adjust the listening experience via a custom app for iPhone or Android smartphone users.

 

WF-1000x Wireless Earbud Features

 

Among the most touted feature of the WF-1000x is the noise reduction, which has received some early praise from reviewers. Sony’s Smart Listening feature helps automatically detects your activity such as traveling, walking, and waiting, then adjusts ambient sound settings. The Ambient Sound settings allows normal sound to pass into the devices when desired.

 

wf-1000x features

Sony says the battery life on the WF-1000x is expected to be about 3 hours, which is lower than major competitors. The battery case allows for 2 additional charges, for a total of 9 hours.

Pricing for the new hearable devices is listed at $199 USD, which makes the WF-1000x slightly more expensive than Apple’s AirPods.

 

The WF-1000x is currently available for pre-order at major retailers, such as Best Buy, Amazon and others.

 

At this year’s European consumer electronics show (IFA) in Berlin, Samsung unveiled a newly updated version of its IconX hearable. The updated wireless earbuds are said to resolve many of the issues that have plagued the devices since they were first launched in the spring of 2016.

While Samsung was the first major consumer electronics company to release truly wireless earbuds, issues like poor battery life and connectivity problems, have prevented the IconX from achieving any large measure of success. By contrast, Apple is said to currently control 85% of the wireless earbud market, in large part owed to the popularity of its AirPods

 

Samsung IconX Update Takes Aim at Apple, Bragi, and Others

 

iconx running coachAmong the biggest improvements to the IconX, announced by Samsung, is battery life. While the original version claimed over 3 hours of battery life, many users complained that battery life during regular use often fell far short of 3 hours.

Now, Samsung claims nearly twice the battery life of its previous model: up to 7 hours in Standalone Mode, up to 5 hours in Bluetooth Mode and Talk Time of up to 4 hours. Like major competitors, such as Apple, Bragi and others, the updated IconX comes with a charging case that offers on-the-go charging when the devices are not in use.

For the fitness enthusiast, the IconX will automatically track your running routines, and also features the standalone Running Coach function that can be activated by tapping the earbud to provide in-ear audio exercise status updates in real time.

The updated earbuds are compatible with Bixby, Samsung’s new voice assistant (this requires use of a Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8 smartphone). By tapping and holding on the earbud, you can use your voice to control your music or your phone.

 

Samsung Gear IconX Pricing, Specs, Release Date

 

The updated design of the new Gear IconX comes in Black, Gray and Pink. The device specifications can be found below:

 

samsung gear iconx specs

 

The newly updated Gear IconX release date and pricing in North America has not been confirmed. However, it is said to be available in Europe at the end of October and be priced around 229 euros. This has led some to speculate that pricing in the US would likely be around $250 USD, comparable to the Jabra Elite Sport.