In the admittedly restricted scope of top-end noise-canceling cans, Sony and Bose are locked in a knock-down, drag-out struggle. The consensus appears to be that Sony’s had a slight edge over the previous couple of years, however Bose is keen to come back again. Today we get to look its next-gen Quiet Comfort design, courtesy of the FCC.

Initially posted to /Leaks, the design within the documentation pictures bogs roughly similar to the present Bose flagship, the QuietComfort 35 II. The QC 45, as it is described within the FCC submitting, seems to be an off-white or mom of pearl colour, and you’ll see rather changed grilles (as a substitute of usual holes) for the exterior microphones. It additionally looks as if Bose is able to take the plunge to USB-C charging, upgrading the MicroUSB port at the earlier type. Other than that, the bodily design seems in large part unchanged from its circa-2016 predecessor. But after all, the standard of ANC is in large part dependent upon much less evident components, together with device.

Strangely, the present FCC database omits the leaked photograph and features a letter from Bose soliciting for that the appliance has been withdrawn. It’s dated Friday of final week. That signifies that Bose is relatively some time clear of making ready the QC 45 for retail unlock.