Sony has announced its new noise-cancelling LinkBuds S earbuds, which feature much of the audio tech from the company's excellent WF-LinkBuds S earbuds, in a lighter and more affordable package.
The buds, which have been heavily leaked, sport Sony’s Integrated Processor V1, which enables that noise-cancelling and reduces distortion while taking little energy from the battery. They have also DSEE Extreme to restore audio quality that may get lost in compression.
Delivering this sound are two dynamic 5mm drivers with a water resistance rating of IPX4, allowing them to survive splashes of water.
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Leading the suite of features is Adaptive Sound Control. The earbuds will automatically adjust their sound to suit the surrounding environment, but the amount of adjustment is dependent on where you're located. Sony claims the AI behind Adaptive Sound Control will learn user behaviors, and recognize locations you visit often.
The LinkBuds S also have Precise Voice Pickup Technology, which functions similar to Adaptive Sound Control. This feature controls the microphones present on both buds to ensure clear phone conservations by automatically suppressing ambient noise.
Customize your listening
Sony also included some interesting quality-of-life features. You can enable Speak-to-Chat, which will pause the music playing whenever it detects you having a conversation with someone. Proximity sensors are present inside the buds, and pause the music whenever you take them out.
If you want even more control, the LinkBuds S have sensors that let you adjust settings, control music apps, and activate Endel, an app that lets you create personalized sound profiles.
The last set of notable features involves Sony’s recent partnerships. The LinkBuds S works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and has a unique functionality with the AR mobile game Ingress (opens in new tab). The title will take advantage of the earbuds' sensors and features to deliver spatial sound.
And if you’re curious about the battery, the LinkBuds S has a max battery life of 16 hours with noise canceling turned off. The earbuds will launch at the end of May in the US for around $200 in either Black, White, or Cream colors.
In the UAE Sony has priced them at AED 799. The LinkBuds S should also be available in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.