Huawei has launched the Sound X smart speaker in China and has partnered with audio brand Devialet to bring some punch to the proceedings.
Devialet are best known for the outstanding Phantom speaker. But has been partnering with several different companies to bring its audio technology to a wider range of listeners – or those who can’t afford to spend £1000+ on a speaker.
About Huawei Sound X
Huawei has unveiled the Sound X, a smart speaker it builds in conjunction with bespoke French HiFi company Devialet. On top of the premium look, it packs a 60-watt double subwoofer and 360-degree sound. Along with Devialet’s speaker active matching (SAM). It eliminates distortion and push-push woofer vibration-canceling tech.
Of particular interest is the double woofer arrangement which is visible through the side of the casing. The arrangement of woofers should mean that you get powerful but vibration and distortion-free bass delivery, with Huawei saying that it delivers 60W of bass, down to 40Hz.
The two 3.5-inch woofers are joined by six 1.5-inch full-range speakers and it supports Hi-Res audio. It’s also got one-touch control, Huawei’s HiLink smart home control, Huawei’s “Xiaoyi” voice assistant and support for Huawei music. The speaker was unveiled at the same time as Huawei’s iPad Pro-like MatePad Pro tablet. Huawei already has a couple of smart speakers, including one that strongly resembles (wait for it) Apple’s HomePod.
The Sound X is loaded with AI, claiming to adjust the sound output to suit the environment it’s placed in. While also supporting smartphone and voice control, with six microphones.
Huawei Sound X is launching in China and it will cost RMB1999, which is around £220. Whether it will ever launch in other regions we don’t know: of course, one consideration of launching it in the UK, Europe or the US would be that you’d want it to work with a familiar voice service like Alexa or Google Assistant, which might not be currently possible for Huawei due to ongoing problems with the US.
Still, it’s an interesting addition and a good looking speaker.