Huawei has announced a brand-new wireless speaker, which could prove to be a new rival for the ever-popular Apple HomePod.
The Huawei Sound X has been co-engineered with French audio company Devialet, which is known for its innovative, high-end speakers, like the alien-looking Phantom Reactor 900.
Like the Phantom Reactor 900, the Huawei Sound X has been designed with 60W dual-woofers that utilize the brand's signature 'Push-Push' technology to cancel out vibrations, while hopefully still providing powerful bass frequencies.
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While you'll be able to see these woofers vibrate as you blast your music, Huawei claims that you'll be able to place a glass of water on top of the speaker, and it will remain completely still – although, as a rule, we wouldn't recommend using your expensive smart speaker as a side table.
Even so, the mesh grille that envelops the bottom of the Sound X is "stain and splash-resistant", according to the brand, though Huawei hasn't confirmed whether the new speaker has an official IPX rating.
There's a voice assistant in the Huawei Sound X, and it's Huawei's own assistant – but only if you're in China. Right now, the smart features are off limits to other regions, but the company says Alexa integration could come later.
Design-wise, the Huawei Sound X looks very reminiscent of the Apple HomePod, with a colorful LED display on the top of the smart speaker, an all-black vaguely ovaloid shape, and 360-degree wraparound grille.
According to Huawei, the Sound X will be capable of delivering 360-degree sound, and can adjust its sound profile based on whether you place it in the middle of a room or up against a wall – and with a frequency range of up to 40kHz, it should provide plenty of detail in the highest treble frequencies.
NFC OneHop audio-sharing means that you'll be able to pair the speaker with your smartphone with just a tap, which should make connecting a breeze.
Another cool feature is the ability to mute the speaker using gesture controls; simply place your hand on the top of the Sound X and it'll quieten down, which is handy if you need to have a quick conversation.