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Sony releases LinkBuds TWS with an open ring design!

Sony is undeniably one of the best when it comes to making audio devices including TWS buds. One good example is the WF-1000XM4—arguably the nicest in the market today.
Sony's new LinkBuds TWS in Gray

Open buds Sony TWS device!

The problem? While a lot likes earphones with an in-ear design, there is a market for open-style earbuds. The Japanese giant's answer to that is the new LinkBuds.
In White
In White

The new LinkBuds features a unique look called "open ring design" which resembles a donut hole. Sony designed it this way to allow its users to hear more ambient sound at all times and be more attentive to their surroundings while enjoying high-quality tunes.

Obviously, this is not for those who prefer the natural isolation and ANC technology of the WF-1000XM4.

The body of the buds has an IPX4 rating for protection against water splashes in Gray or White colors. To fit most ears, Sony added silicone-supported arcs in four different sizes.

For audio, each bud is equipped with a large 12mm ring-shaped audio driver. It also has touch controls called "wide-area tap" technology which allows users to tap the section of the users' skin in front of the ear instead of finding the earbuds themselves.

Aiding the drivers is the same V1 processor found on the WF-1000XM4. It has  DSEE audio upscaling and connects via Bluetooth 5.2. However, it has no LDAC support for wireless lossless audio codecs. This also has Fast Pair on Android and Swift Pair on Windows 10 or 11.

For battery, Sony notes that the LinkByuds has up to 5.5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. The case included can provide an extra 12 hours. It charges via USB-C, but there's no wireless charging.

International price with direct to PHP conversion (no taxes and duties yet):

Sony LinkBuds - USD 179.99 (around PHP 9.2K)

The new LinkBuds will be available in other parts of the world from February 17.

There is no info on when will it be available in the Philippines yet.

Source: Sony, Via: The Verge
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