Huawei Partners with Devialet on Sound X Smart Speaker
Turns out Huawei isn’t so bad at making friends after all (too soon?). The Chinese smartphone manufacturer partnered with French HiFi company, Devialet, on a voice-activated smart speaker dubbed the Sound X.
The sleek black speaker stands a mere 20cm-high but packs a 60-watt double subwoofer and 360-degree surround sound. One-touch controls are situated on the top allowing users to access Huawei’s HiLink smart home control, Huawei music, and the AI voice assistant, “Xiaoyi.” The Sound X features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and Wi-Fi for streaming. There’s also six built-in microphones that can pick up voice commands from about 15ft away.
Devialet offered some of its patented sound technologies, including Speaker Active Matching (SAM) to eliminate distortion and “Push-Push” subwoofers to cancel out vibration. The French firm says SAM "perfectly recreates sound as the artist intended, offering high-fidelity sound reproduction with zero distortion".
The Sound X smart speaker represents Devialet’s first partnership in Asia, and they seem pretty excited about. As Engadget pointed out, Devialet has partnered with companies all over the globe to create audio products including a surround sound TV speaker for Sky, the Altice Amplify smart speaker from Altice USA, Renault's Symbioz self-driving car, and a set-top box with internet provider Free in France.
The Sound X is only available in China right now, and neither company gave us any reason to think it might make its way to the western market any time soon. For China though, which Devialet pointed out is “the second-largest region worldwide in terms of sales,” the Sound X is available for preorder at 1,999 Yuan (about $285).