The Huawei Sound X hits Malaysian shores, priced at RM1,299

During the recent Huawei P40 series launch, the company also unveiled their first set of wireless speakers in recent memory: the Huawei Sound X. As a result of a collaboration with Devialet, the Sound X features some interesting tech from the French brand within the speaker, along with the potential for smart home integration.

And of course, Huawei’s new speaker looks a lot like it was inspired by the Apple HomePod, with the Sound X also featuring 360-degree sound. This is done via dual subwoofers, along with six full range tweeters; Huawei also says that the subwoofers produce bass frequencies as low as 40Hz.

To connect to the Huawei Sound X, wireless streaming is supported on EMUI 10.1-supported smartphones. OneHop Audio sharing is supported (NFC), while Huawei Share can be used to instantly connect your supported Huawei smartphone.

That said, Huawei’s new speaker still works with non-Huawei smartphones. WiFi direct, Bluetooth, and NFC are the other connectivity standards supported, while the speaker is controlled via a set of touch buttons that glow when playing music.

In Malaysia, the Huawei Sound X will be available in a single colour variant—Starry Night (pictured)—on the 16th of May 2020 for RM1,299 via the Huawei official online store. If you’re also keen to pick up a Huawei MateBook X Pro, Huawei is bundling in the Sound X as a free gift (while stocks last) for eligible customers.

I’ve only had a short time with the device so far, but the company’s focus on a bass-driven sound is already pretty obvious, from first impressions. It’s also worth noting that the Huawei Sound X—at least, for now—does not appear to support integration with any virtual assistant (such as Google Assistant).

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During the global launch, Richard Yu explained that “AI speaker” functionality will arrive at some point via an OTA update, with the possible integration of Celia, Huawei’s very own virtual assistant. However, it is a little strange that a wireless speaker that is clearly meant to rival the Apple HomePod doesn’t have a virtual assistant out of the box—in fact, it’s pretty disappointing.

So, what do you think about the Huawei Sound X? I’ll be spending some time with the new speaker in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for a full review in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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