It may come as no surprise that Huawei has developed their own smart speaker, named the AI Cube, however they have at least added some unique features not found on any other device in this niche.
The new AI Cube has a 4G LTE Cat 6 300Mbps router built into it meaning that it can work completely free from any wireless network. It may seem like a strange feature but I have regularly had people want to borrow my Sonos or Alexa, and the only way to do this is to mess about resetting up the wireless settings which is often to much trouble to bother with.
If you want to use the speaker in a normal configuration then you get Wi-Fi 802.11AC 5Ghz 1200Mbps allowing the device to integrate with your existing network.
Thankfully Huawei is not launching this with a new AI of their own, though I wouldn’t be surprised if they rill this out too, instead the new smart speaker will work with Amazon Alexa. When questioned about Google Assistant the speaker was coy about specifics but stated they will work with open standards.
I didn’t get chance to listen to the speaker, but Huawei claim this is a powerful sound system, what that actually means in the real world remains to be seen, but the unit itself is quite large, larger than a Google Home for example.
Huawei was also not willing to reveal the pricing during the briefing but I expect this will be announced any time soon.
Press Release Info
HUAWEI AI Cube, a two-in-one speaker and 4G router with Alexa built-in, marking its official entry into the nascent smart speaker market. It represents a new, more natural and convenient way for consumers to connect to the internet and control smart devices, while delivering high quality audio in a compact form factor featuring a minimalist design.
With support for Wi-Fi on 4G LTE, HUAWEI AI Cube can fulfill the myriad connectivity demands arising from the smart home. Setup for the router is easy and intuitive—it only requires a 4G SIM card plugged in to establish a high speed internet connection at LTE Category 6 speeds (300Mbps downlink). HUAWEI AI Cube is also compatible with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, meaning the router is dual band, capable of working on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels and transmitting data over LAN at up to 1,200Mbps.
HUAWEI AI Cube also features Alexa built-in, enabling users to effortlessly play music, control smart home devices, and access more than 50,000 skills – hands-free. All you need to do is ask.
In terms of speaker performance, HUAWEI AI Cube is built with a large, 400ml sound cavity and an aluminum diaphragm, enabling the AI speaker to produce high quality audio with crystal clear midrange and highs, as well as full, rounded bass. The audio is also enhanced with Huawei’s proprietary audio solution: HUAWEI Histen. Also featured on a range of Huawei devices, HUAWEI Histen enriches the AI speaker’s set of features by including virtual bass, linear phase equalizer, adaptive gain control, far-field voice recognition and more as part of its repertoire.
All the aforementioned technologies supported on the HUAWEI AI Cube are packed in small matte white body with a seamless 3D mesh base. Moreover, the AI speaker is designed in a way that the ports are hidden underneath the base, allowing it to blend in with any home decor easily.
HUAWEI AI Cube Specifications:
|Dimensions||Diameter (top): 116mm
Diameter (base): 116mm
|LTE||LTE Cat. 6 2CC (up to 300/50Mbps@40MHz FDD)
CA bands: CA_3C/CA_7C/CA_38C/CA_1A-8A/CA_1A-20A/CA_3A-7A/CA_3A-8A/CA_3A-20A/CA_7A-8A/CA_7A-20A/CA_20A-32A
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz 2*2 &5GHz 2*2 DBDC (dual-band, dual-carrier)|
|Interface||1*RJ-45 for data, GE
1*SIM card slot (3FF),1* power interface
1*Hi KEY/1*Reset KEY/1*Power KEY
2*Voice + – /1*Mute KEY/1*Pause KEY
|Speaker||15W Mono Speaker|
|Voice Input||4x Microphones|
|Main Features||HUAWEI HiLink
Far Field Voice Recognition
|Power||AC/DC:AC: 100 V ~ 240 V; DC: 12 V, 2 A|