According to some recently released Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents spotted by WinFuture, we may soon see the launch of Bose’s successor to its hugely popular QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones. The documents refer to the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones, but they don’t give us much additional information.
WinFuture included photos of the headphones that would have been included in the FCC documents, but these have since been removed from the FCC website. They show what appears to be a nearly unchanged design from the current QC 35 II except for a USB-C charging port (the QC 35 II uses the older type of Micro USB connection). Digital Trends cannot confirm that these photos represent the new QuietComfort 45 cans, as they are not part of the material that the FCC has uploaded to its site.
But while it’s true that Bose has largely embraced the QC 35 / QC 35 II design, it suggests that most, if not all, of the changes we can expect will be in internals and software. It also likely means that the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 will remain the company’s flagship active noise canceling (ANC) headphones.
When we compared the Headphones 700 to the QC 35 II, we found that in areas like design, comfort, and controls, the Headphones 700 had an advantage. Since these areas are unlikely to be overhauled significantly with the new QC 45, we need to look at things like battery life, charge speed, sound quality, and call quality.
With 20 hours of battery life, the QC 35 II can easily get through a day of travel without needing to recharge, and if you choose to use the included headphone cable, you can increase it to 40 hours by eliminating power consumption. battery. using bluetooth. But given that Sony’s WH-1000XM4 can reach 30 hours with ANC on and 38 hours without, this is an area where the QC 45 could improve over its predecessor.
Earlier in 2021, Bose released a gaming edition of the QC 35 II, which comes equipped with an optional boom mic for multiplayer online gaming. Unfortunately, their hefty price tag and lackluster gaming features didn’t impress our reviewer. Hopefully the QC 45 doesn’t make the same mistake.