We’re gearing up for what’s sure to be an exciting event in New York City next week with the Sonos team. And while we’ve been told the information given to us on site will remain under embargo until sometime in September, several leaks from across the interwebs appear to have already let the cat out of the bag: Sonos is set to release a Bluetooth-enabled, battery-powered speaker this fall.
Nothing on the invite itself—aside from maybe the blueish hue—screams Bluetooth speaker. But several credible sources of tech news have shared some juicy screen shots of the soon-to-be-launched product. Similar in size to the Sonos One, this new Bluetooth speaker has a few design quirks that set it apart and point to its intended portability. The bottom of the speaker, for example, has uncharacteristically rounded edges, which suggests that this is where the built-in battery is housed. Screen shots also indicate that the product has a USB Type-C port to allow for charging, and magnetic contacts that would support docked charging. There also appears to be a built-in handle that would make the product easier to carry. And right underneath that handle, you’ll find the power button, Sonos’s signature Join button, and a switch to toggle between Bluetooth and WiFi modes.
Additionally, according to these leaks, the new speaker is expected to support Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2. However, neither Alexa nor Google Assistant are expected to be available in Bluetooth mode. Further, Sonos will reportedly offer Trueplay in the new speaker, which uses the onboard mic to smartly tune the speaker to the room it’s placed in.
At least one leak suggests that the speaker will be called the Sonos Move, which fits with this being the only Sonos speaker that can be carried around, untethered from a physical power source while still maintaining full functionality.
Of course, with the Sonos event scheduled for August 26-27 and the official launch slated for September, we’re left waiting for some of the more important details like pricing and availability. And, of course, who’s to say this is the only product Sonos plans to unveil at the event? We’ve been not-so-patiently waiting to hear something about the rumored Sonos headphones that have allegedly been in the works for some time. We’ll have a full recap and review of their announcements as soon as they give us the green light.