HUAWEI SMART SPEAKER WITH 4G ROUTER TO SKIP OZ

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // HUAWEI - Writ­ten by ROMA CHRIS­TIAN

Chi­nese-based Huawei has un­veiled its first smart speaker at IFA 2018, com­bin­ing a 4G router with built-in Alexa. Fol­low­ing its ban from Aus­tralia’s 5G net­work, Huawei’s ‘AI Cube’ will re­port­edly not launch down un­der.

The ‘AI Cube’ claims to be among the world’s first smart speak­ers to in­te­grate a full 4G wire­less router.

The hy­brid speaker-router in­cor­po­rates far field ar­ray mi­cro­phones for 360-de­gree voice recog­ni­tion, plus a 400mL sound cav­ity for en­hanced au­dio.

In­te­grat­ing Ama­zon’s smart as­sis­tant Alexa, the de­vice is tipped to sup­port a wide va­ri­ety of third-party de­vices. As­sumed to act as both a smart speaker and 4G hotspot, the AI Cube her­alds in the next gen­er­a­tion of smart home de­vices.

Huawei’s AI Cube is con­firmed to launch in Europe around Christ­mas.

The Chi­nese com­pany will re­port­edly not launch this smart speaker in Aus­tralia.

Aussies will have to wait and see whether ri­val man­u­fac­tur­ers are in­spired to re­lease a sim­i­lar hy­brid de­vice – or whether Huawei changes its mind.

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