Huawei emulating Apple designs is nothing new. We’ve previously seen it produce a MacBook lookalike, the MateBook; not just one but two generations of AirPods clones; and an iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard clone.
The latest model, the Sound X, looks rather like a trashcan Mac Pro on the top half and a HomePod on the bottom half.
So far, nothing too surprising. But slightly more surprising is that high-end French audio company Devialet has partnered with Huawei on the new device.
Huawei has unveiled the Sound X, a smart speaker it build in conjunction with bespoke French HiFi company Devialet. On top of the premium look, it packs a 60 watt double subwoofer and 360-degree sound, along with Devialet’s speaker active matching (SAM) that eliminates distortion and push-push woofer vibration-cancelling tech.
Devialet is the company behind the $2000 Phantom, a Bluetooth speaker which aims to replace your hi-fi, so pairing up with a Chinese company on a $285 speaker is a little odd.
Then again, as Engadget notes, it’s not the first time we’ve seen an unlikely partnership from Devialet.
Devialet said the Sound X represents its “first partnership in Asia,” and noted that China is its “second-largest region worldwide in terms of sales.” The company has done a number of alliances elsewhere, however, including a surround sound TV speaker for Sky, the Altice Amplify smart speaker from Altice USA, Renault’s crazy Symbioz self-driving car and an unusual set-top box with internet provider Free in France.
The Sound X will be sold only in China.
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